The chemical plant operator is usually hired by chemical manufacturing companies. This operator generally works in a factory or manufacturing facility. Many companies do not require any education beyond a high school diploma, although training at a technical school as a chemical operator can be preferable. The experience required varies, as some companies may be willing to hire those without previous experience in the industry. Others may require as many as 4 years’ worth of plant operator experience. Some knowledge of machinery and their maintenance and upkeep can be helpful, although not necessary for all positions in the field.
The chemical plant operator works within a chemical processing facility and will be wearing safety equipment almost the entire time they are on the job. They may be required to lift heavy objects from time to time and will constantly be on their feet while touring the facility. The chemical plant operator is tasked with maintaining a safe working environment for all the employees who work in the facility. They will need to operate machinery necessary for treating waste. They also perform routine inspections of equipment to ensure they are in proper working order, such as checking for leaks or malfunctions. The chemical plant operator will also be required to ensure that any filtration systems are functioning fine and to monitor tank levels to confirm there is enough space for operations. Safety needs to be the chemical plant operator's main priority. They need to follow strict regulations and guidelines that are set both by the government and the company.
Chemical Plant Operator Tasks
Take samples and watch chemical reactions to test for product conformance.
Adjust and calibrate equipment, working with technical personnel to achieve desired product specifications.
Monitor and interpret instrument panels and indicators, ensuring equipment performs as expected.
Unload, load, and package raw materials, waste products and products.