Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

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.

Median Annual Wage: $48,090

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (49%); Some college, no degree (21%); Post-secondary certificate (14%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Production Technician; Production Operator; Operator; Chemical Operator; Vessel Operator; Multiskill Operator; Outside Operator; Chlorination Operator; Process Operator; Spray Dry Operator

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders.

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  • Record operational data, such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.
  • Control or operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
  • Patrol work areas to detect leaks or equipment malfunctions or to monitor operating conditions.
  • 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.
  • Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.
  • Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
  • Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, concentrations, or viscosities or send them to laboratories for testing.
  • Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks or malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
  • Open valves or start pumps, agitators, reactors, blowers, or automatic feed of materials.
  • Implement appropriate industrial emergency response procedures.
  • Read plant specifications to determine products, ingredients, or prescribed modifications of plant procedures.
  • Measure, weigh, and mix chemical ingredients, according to specifications.
  • Dump or scoop prescribed solid, granular, or powdered materials into equipment.
  • Notify maintenance engineers of equipment malfunctions.
  • Estimate materials required for production and manufacturing of products.
  • Add treating or neutralizing agents to products and pump products through filters or centrifuges to remove impurities or to precipitate products.
  • Observe and compare colors and consistencies of products to instrument readings and to laboratory and standard test results.
  • Direct activities of workers assisting in control or verification of processes or in unloading of materials.
  • Drain equipment and pump water or other solutions through to flush and clean tanks or equipment.
  • Flush or clean equipment, using steam hoses or mechanical reamers.
  • Make minor repairs, lubricate, and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Inventory supplies received and consumed.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders.

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders.

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