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Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters and Operators

Job Information

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators.


  • Workers involved in production and in installation, maintenance, and repair hold more than half of all jobs.
  • Earnings are higher than average compared with other manufacturing industries.
  • Employment is projected to decline, and applicants for jobs are expected to face keen competition.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $37,720/yr ($18.86/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma