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3/29/2017 Chemical Plant & System Operators at My Next Move

Chemical Plant & System Operators
Also called: Chemical Operator, Operator, Process Operator, Process Technician
What they do:
Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.
On the job, you would:
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
semi­automatic equipment.

Knowledge
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
manufacture and distribution of products

Math and Science
chemistry

Engineering and Technology
mechanical

Arts and Humanities
English language

Skills
Basic Skills
keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities
Verbal
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say

Attention
pay attention to something without being distracted

Hand and Finger Use
keep your arm or hand steady
hold or move items with your hands

Visual Understanding
quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

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Personality
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands­on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:
Dependability Stress Tolerance
Attention to Detail Analytical Thinking
Integrity Cooperation

Technology
You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
Alarm management system software
Distributed control system DCS

Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel 

Network security or virtual private network VPN management software
Coordinated incident management system CIMS software

Education

high school diploma/GED or 
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

Chief Operator
Plant Operator, Furnace Process

Job Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

$59,320
per year, on average

  Green jobs will increase the demand for this type of work.

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You might like a career in one of these industries:
Manufacturing

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