DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
51-8091 Chemical Plant and System Operators
Occupational Description:Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 4 - West Central||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators||170||$20.41/hr||N/A|
|Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||80||$17.29/hr||N/A|
|Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Tasks for Chemical Plant and System Operators
- Turns valves to regulate flow of product or byproducts through agitator tanks, storage drums, or neutralizer tanks, according to process.
- Moves control settings to make control adjustments on equipment units affecting speed of chemical reactions and quality and yield.
- Interprets chemical reactions visible through sight glasses or on television monitor and reviews laboratory test reports for process adjustments.
- Records operating data, such as process conditions, test results, and instruments readings, calculating material requirements or yield according to formulas.
- Manually regulates or shuts down equipment during emergency situations, as directed by supervisory personnel.
- Draws samples of products and conducts quality control tests to monitor processing and ensure standards are met.
- Confers with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting safety, efficiency, and product quality.
- Inspects equipment for potential and actual hazards, wear, leaks, and other conditions requiring maintenance shutdown.
- Notifies maintenance, stationary-engineering, and other auxiliary personnel to correct equipment malfunction and adjust power, steam, water, or air supply.
- Gauges tank levels, using calibrated rod.
- Patrols work area to observe level of carbon in thickener tank and wash solutions in overflow troughs to prevent spills.
- Defrosts frozen valves, using steam hose.
- Monitors recording instruments, flowmeters, panel lights, and other indicators, and listens for warning signals to verify conformity of process conditions.
- Starts pumps to wash and rinse reactor vessels, to exhaust gases and vapors, and to mix product with water.