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
- measuring, weighing, mixing and loading
chemical raw materials into the machines, which can
include blenders, screeners, evaporators and reaction
- 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
able to concentrate for long periods during repetitive
- be able to react quickly to problems
good communication skills
- be able to work in a team
and on your own
- be fully aware of health and safety
- be reasonably physically fit.
Chemical Plant Process Worker Career Opportunities
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