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Chemical Plant and System Operators

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Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Move control settings to make necessary adjustments on equipment units affecting speeds of chemical reactions, quality, or yields.
    • Inspect operating units, such as towers, soap-spray storage tanks, scrubbers, collectors, or driers to ensure that all are functioning and to maintain maximum efficiency.
    • Draw samples of products and conduct quality control tests to monitor processing and to ensure that standards are met.
    • Record operating data, such as process conditions, test results, or instrument readings.
    • Patrol work areas to ensure that solutions in tanks or troughs are not in danger of overflowing.
    • Turn valves to regulate flow of products or byproducts through agitator tanks, storage drums, or neutralizer tanks.
    • Interpret chemical reactions visible through sight glasses or on television monitors and review laboratory test reports for process adjustments.
    • Confer with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting safety, efficiency, or product quality.
    • Gauge tank levels, using calibrated rods.
    • Start pumps to wash and rinse reactor vessels, to exhaust gases or vapors, to regulate the flow of oil, steam, air, or perfume to towers, or to add products to converter or blending vessels.
    • Notify maintenance, stationary engineering, or other auxiliary personnel to correct equipment malfunctions or to adjust power, steam, water, or air supplies.
    • Calculate material requirements or yields according to formulas.
    • Repair or replace damaged equipment.
    • Direct workers engaged in operating machinery that regulates the flow of materials and products.
    • Supervise the cleaning of towers, strainers, or spray tips.
    • Defrost frozen valves, using steam hoses.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Selective Attention

      The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $61,560/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $29.59/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,630
    • Yearly Projected Openings 220
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: 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
    Tools
    • Storage tanks
    • Processing tanks
    • Fans
    • Distribution or control board fixtures
    • Chemical tanks
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    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.