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Chemical Equipment Operators & Tenders

Also called: Chemical Operator, Production Operator, Production Technician, Vessel Operator

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What they do:
Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels.
On the job, you would:
  • Adjust controls to regulate temperature, pressure, feed, or flow of liquids or gases and times of prescribed reactions, according to knowledge of equipment and processes.
  • Observe safety precautions to prevent fires or explosions.
  • Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady

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
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$47,100
per year, on average
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