Chemical Plant & System Operators

Chemical Plant

Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or combine materials, to produce a desired product or products
Chemical Plant
Do you love brewing beer, making wine or following recipes to a "T"? Chemical and Bio manufacturing is a great path for you!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

1. High Pay, 2. High Demand, 3. Low Competition

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Chemical Operator, Loader Technician, Process Control Operator, Process Development Associate, Process Operator, Process Technician, Production Technician
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Chemical Operator, Loader Technician, Process Control Operator, Process Development Associate, Process Operator, Process Technician, Production Technician
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Your Typical Day:

  • Monitor recording instruments, flowmeters, panel lights, or other indicators and listen for warning signals to verify conformity of process conditions.
  • Regulate or shut down equipment during emergency situations, as directed by supervisory personnel.
  • Control or operate chemical processes or systems of machines, using panelboards, control boards, or semi-automatic equipment.
  • Move control settings to make necessary adjustments on equipment units affecting speeds of chemical reactions, quality, or yields.
  • Inspect operating units, such as towers, soap-spray storage tanks, scrubbers, collectors, or driers to ensure that all are functioning and to maintain maximum efficiency.
  • Draw samples of products and conduct quality control tests to monitor processing and to ensure that standards are met.
  • Record operating data, such as process conditions, test results, or instrument readings.
  • Patrol work areas to ensure that solutions in tanks or troughs are not in danger of overflowing.
  • Turn valves to regulate flow of products or byproducts through agitator tanks, storage drums, or neutralizer tanks.
  • Interpret chemical reactions visible through sight glasses or on television monitors and review laboratory test reports for process adjustments.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
  • Operate chemical processing or water treatment systems or equipment.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
  • Monitor equipment fluid levels.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Analyze test results.
  • Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions.
Your Knowledge Icon

Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 68/100

  • Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. 67/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 66/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 63/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 59/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 52/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 47/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 40/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 39/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 33/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Processing tanks
  • Fans
  • Chemical tanks
  • Distribution or control board fixtures
  • Storage tanks
  • Pressure sensors
  • Flowmeters
  • Calorimeters
  • Distillation pipings or columns or fittings
  • Air conditioners
  • Cathode ray tube CRT monitors
  • Silencer sections
  • Tension testers
  • Water tube boiler
  • Air dryers
  • Logging instruments for water wells
  • Surface thermometers
  • Viscosimeters
  • Screw conveyor
  • Packaged water treatment systems
  • Chemical absorption gas analyzers
  • Evaporative coolers
  • Bucket conveyors
  • Collection tanks
  • Capacitance meters
  • Steam engines
  • Refrigerated tanks
  • Heating or drying equipment or accessories
  • Special hoses
  • Hazardous material protective apparel
  • Thermocouple probes
  • Radiation detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Manometers
  • Rotary pumps
  • Barometers
  • Wet scrubbers
  • Hydraulic accumulators
  • Centrifugal compressors
  • Belt conveyors
  • Chain conveyors
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Humidifiers
  • Positive displacement pumps
  • Conveyor feeders
  • Thermocouples
  • Reciprocating compressors
  • Desktop computers
  • Reciprocating pumps
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