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Chemical Plant & System Operators

Also called: Operator, Chemical Operator, Process Technician, Process Operator

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What they do:
Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.
On the job, you would:
  • Move control settings to make necessary adjustments on equipment units affecting speeds of chemical reactions, quality, or yields.
  • Monitor recording instruments, flowmeters, panel lights, or other indicators and listen for warning signals, to verify conformity of process conditions.
  • Control or operate chemical processes or systems of machines, using panelboards, control boards, or semi-automatic equipment.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • Alarm management system software
  • Distributed control systems DCS software
Network security or virtual private network VPN management software
  • Coordinated incident management system CIMS software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$54,390
per year, on average
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