Chemical plant operators control the operation of chemical production equipment used in processing minerals and in manufacturing a range of products such as drugs, textiles, ammunition and plastics.
Duties & Tasks
Chemical plant operators may perform the following tasks:prepare and measure raw materials
feed raw materials and processing agents into plant machinery
set controls and operate machinery
check instruments and equipment to ensure correct operation, and attend to any abnormal operating conditions
take samples for testing, test products and record process data.
Chemical plant operators may work in production areas that are noisy, hot, dusty and, at times, contain fumes. However, the work environments are generally spacious, ventilated and well lit. The majority of the work may be completed while standing. Shiftwork is sometimes required.par Plant operators usually work in teams and must adhere to safety regulations due to the nature of the work. Protective equipment is supplied.
enjoy practical and manual activities
able to work as part of a team
able to follow written instructions
good communication and numeracy skills
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
good problem-solving and analytical skills
aptitude for working with computers
good hand-eye coordination.