Chemical Plant Operator

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Chemical plant operators control the operation of chemical production equipment used in processing minerals and in manufacturing a range of products such as drugs, textiles, ammunition and plastics.

Chemical plant operators may perform the following tasks:

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Chemical and Hydrocarbon Plant Technician

A chemical and hydrocarbon plant technician controls the operation of plant machinery and equipment to produce chemical products and to extract, refine and distribute hydrocarbon and oil products. They generally work at a more senior and more technical level to operators and will often be responsible for the supervision of staff.

Chemical plant operators may work in production areas that are noisy, hot, dusty and, at times, contain fumes. However, the work environments are generally spacious, ventilated and well lit. The majority of the work may be completed while standing, and shiftwork is sometimes required.

Plant operators usually work in teams and must adhere to safety regulations due to the nature of the work. Protective equipment is supplied.

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