Chemical Plant Process OperatorJob Description:
Chemical plant process operators control machinery that makes chemical products, like paints, cleaning fluids and cosmetics.Job Category:
What you will do:
On a typical day you could:
- set up production machinery
- mix and load raw materials into tanks
- read instruments and make adjustments to settings
- take samples and record data to monitor quality
- pack and store finished batches
- stock control
- clean and maintain machinery
- report problems
- follow strict health and safety guidelines
- knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a college course, which would give you some of the skills and knowledge needed in the job, for example:
- Certificate in Applied Science
- Diploma in Process Technology
You can get into this job through a science manufacturing process operative intermediate apprenticeship.
You can apply directly for jobs. In the UK, some employers may ask for GCSEs in maths, English, IT and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications.
You may be asked to take a maths test along with other assessments, and pass a medical at the interview stage.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work in an office, in a laboratory or at a manufacturing plant.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could move into quality control, lab work, maintenance or shift management.
With further study, you could become a process technician.