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Chemical Plant & System Operators

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

What they do:
Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • chemistry
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


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


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • Alarm management system software
  • Distributed control system DCS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Network security or virtual private network VPN management software
  • Coordinated incident management system CIMS software


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

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Chief Operator
  • Plant Operator, Furnace Process

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

Green Green jobs will increase the demand for this type of work.

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