How to become a Process Plant Equipment Operator

Process plant equipment operators use machines and equipment to produce chemicals and chemical products such as soaps, detergents, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and explosives.

Personal requirements of a Process Plant Equipment Operator

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good eyesight
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to carry out tasks quickly and methodically
  • able to follow written instructions
  • safety-conscious.

Duties & Tasks of a Process Plant Equipment Operator

Process plant equipment operators may perform the following tasks:

  • weigh, measure and mix ingredients
  • clean, maintain and disinfect machines
  • operate machines to combine and process ingredients or finish products
  • check machine operations and adjust pressure, temperature, tension and other controls
  • place products on drying trays or allow them to cool
  • add flavours, colours, preservatives or other ingredients to products
  • measure and test products
  • weigh and package products.

Working conditions for a Process Plant Equipment Operator

Much of the work takes place on the production line or on the factory floor. Factories are generally spacious, well-lit and clean but may contain fumes and be noisy, hot and dusty.\par \par In some plants, the instruments are computer-controlled. Knowledge of chemical processes and equipment performance is very important to ensure high production levels are achieved. \par \par Process plant equipment operators are trained to handle industrial quantities of chemicals safely, efficiently and with no environmental harm. Safety training and awareness are given high priority, and employers provide the required protective clothing and equipment.\par \par The majority of work may be completed while standing. Shiftwork may be required.

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