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Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Observe safety precautions to prevent fires or explosions.
    • 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.
    • Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Add treating or neutralizing agents to products, and pump products through filters or centrifuges to remove impurities or to precipitate products.
    • Estimate materials required for production and manufacturing of 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.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Near Vision

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

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    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 $48,100/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $23.13/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 5,630
    • Yearly Projected Openings 550
    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:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Storage tanks
    • Processing tanks
    • Gas recovery machinery
    • Chemical tanks
    • Air dryers
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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.