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Chemical Equipment Operator Job Description

The Chemical Equipment Operator operates or tends equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products.

Tasks for Chemical Equipment Operators

  • The Chemical Equipment Operator adjust controls to regulate temperature, pressure, feed, and flow of liquids and gases, and times of prescribed reactions, according to knowledge of equipment and processes.
  • The Chemical Equipment Operator observes safety precautions to prevent fires and explosions.
  • The Chemical Equipment Operator monitors gauges, recording instruments, flow meters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
  • The Chemical Equipment operator controls and operates equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during processing of industrial or consumer products.
  • The Chemical Equipment Operator measures, weighs, and mixes chemical ingredients, according to specific actions.
  • The Chemical Equipment Operator inspects equipment or units to detect leaks and malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
  • The Chemical Equipment Operator patrols work areas to detect leaks and equipment malfunctions, and to monitor operating conditions.
  • The Chemical Equipment Operator tests product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, and concentrations or viscosities or send them to laboratories for testing.
  • The Chemical Equipment Operator draws samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.
  • The Chemical Equipment Operator records operational data such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.

The Chemical Equipment Operator needs knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. The Chemical Equipment Operator needs knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. The Chemical Equipment Operator uses the following tools in their occupation:

Tools used by Chemical Equipment Operator:

  1. Air dryers- Batch dryers; industrial dryers; pneumatic conveying dryers; rotary cylindrical dryers
  2. Chemical tanks- blending vessels; chemical reactor vessels
  3. Evaporative coolers- Cooling towers; tray towers
  4. Fans- Axial flow fans; Centrifugal fans
  5. Gas recovery machinery- Gas expanders; Recovery units
  6. Processing Tanks- Soap-spray storage tanks; Storage drums<

The Chemical Equipment Operator needs knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

The Chemical Equipment Operator needs knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. The Chemical Equipment Operator needs knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. The Chemical Equipment Operator watches gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. The Chemical Equipment Operator controls operations of equipment or systems. They must be able to determine causes of operating errors and decide what to do about it. They also must be able to teach others how to perform their job functions or help them learn new job functions.

The Chemical Equipment Operator must give their full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. The Chemical Equipment Operator monitors performances of others, themselves, organizations and institutions to make improvements or take corrective action. The Chemical Equipment Operator must understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. They are expected to do routing maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed. The Chemical Equipment Operator must be able to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. They also need from time to time to be able to adjust actions in relation to others’ actions.

The Chemical Equipment Operator must have the ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. They must be capable of seeing details at close range within just a few feet away. The Chemical Equipment Operator needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. This does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. They also need the ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

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