Chemical Equipment Operator Job Description

January 22, 2011 | By More

Chemical Equipment Operator Job Profile and Description

In manufacturing companies involved in producing chemicals, the Chemical Equipment Operator controls the machines that undertake the chemical processes in part or in whole, to produce commercial chemical products such as pesticides, paints, cleaning solutions as well as fundamental chemicals for industrial and laboratory use like acids, pure alcohols and other compounds.

Chemical Equipment Operator Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor instruments, panel alert lights, gauges, flow meters and other indicators to maintain stable equipment operation and conformity with process standards.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations and wear the prescribed protective uniforms or apparel.
  • Measure, weigh and blend chemical ingredients in accordance with specifications.
  • Perform the necessary processing adjustments to control speed of chemical reactions, quality, and yields.
  • Record operating data including sample test results, process conditions, and instrument readings.
  • Work with supervisory and technical personnel to resolve aberrant conditions affecting safety, production volumes, cost, efficiency, and product quality.
  • Shut down equipment during emergency situations as directed by supervisory personnel.
  • Interpret chemical reactions as seen through sight glasses or on TV monitors
  • Review laboratory test results for process adjustments.
  • Patrol plant floor to check that solutions in tanks are not at risk of overflowing.

Chemical Equipment Operator Skills and Specifications

  • Must have suitable understanding of chemistry principles
  • Must have strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Must have open attitude to innovation to improve work processes and performance
  • Must have adequate interpersonal skills to work in a team
  • Must have computer literacy in word processing in spreadsheet application

Chemical Equipment Operator Education and Qualifications

  • An associate or BS degree in chemistry or chemical technology
  • 2-3 years of experience in a related chemical processing environment is an advantage

Chemical Plant Operator Salary

The median salary for a chemical plant operator in 2009 stood at $26.09 hourly or $54,270 when annualized.

Category: Manufacturing Job Descriptions

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