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How to become a Chemical Plant Process Worker

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What does a Chemical Plant Process Worker do?

Chemical plant process workers operate and monitor the machinery used in the manufacture of industrial and domestic products such as pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, paints, plastics, fertilisers, detergents, cosmetics and toiletries. Chemical process engineering varies depending on the type of equipment being used, and might involve:

  • setting up and preparing the machinery in line with operating instructions, ready for production
  • measuring, weighing, mixing and loading chemical raw materials into the machines, which can include blenders, screeners, evaporators and reaction vessels
  • monitoring meter and instrument readings, making necessary adjustments
  • taking product samples and recording the test data for quality purposes
  • packing and loading finished products into barrels, tanks or containers ready for dispatch
  • closing down and cleaning plant and machinery, and carrying out minor maintenance work
  • reporting any problems with the production process or equipment to shift managers and maintenance engineers.

Much of the production process and machinery is computer-controlled, so more experienced operatives may work in a computer control room supervising and monitoring the production run.

What's the working environment like working as a Chemical Plant Process Worker?

Chemical plant process workers commonly work shifts, including nights and weekends. Chemical processing plants are normally clean and well ventilated.

Protective overalls, glasses, helmets and boots may be worn, depending on which area of production the operator deals with.

What does it take to become a Chemical Plant Process Worker?

To be a chemical plant process worker you should:

  • have an aptitude for science and technology
  • have good computing, literacy and numeracy skills
  • be able to work carefully and methodically
  • be able to concentrate for long periods during repetitive work
  • be able to react quickly to problems
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to work in a team and on your own
  • be fully aware of health and safety issues
  • be reasonably physically fit.

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Further information

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Cogent
Minerva House
Bruntland Road
Portlethen
Aberdeen
AB12 4QL
Tel: 01224 787800
www.cogent-ssc.com

Chemical Industries Association
Kings Buildings
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3JJ
www.cia.org.uk



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