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Chemical Plant Operator

Controls the operation of chemical production plant.


Tasks Include:


  • controlling equipment performing continuous and batch processes to process chemicals and natural gas, manufacture refined petroleum products, and blend petroleum base stocks to produce commercial fuels, lubricating oils and asphalt
  • controlling the preparation, measuring and feeding of raw material and processing agents such as catalysts and filtering media into plant
  • patrolling and inspecting equipment to ensure proper operation and setting operating controls on equipment
  • analysing samples and readings and recording test data
  • controlling records of production, quantities transferred and details of blending and pumping operations
  • checking equipment for malfunctions and arranging maintenance
  • operating power generation plant controls to produce required load
  • monitoring operation of power generation plant and interpreting instrument readings
  • authorising procedures to isolate high-voltage and low-voltage electrical apparatus and plant
  • writing reports and maintaining records on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations
Specialisations
  • Chemicals Distiller
  • Chemicals Fermentation Operator
  • Industrial Gas Production Operator
  • Paint Maker
  • Pharmaceutical Plant Operator
  • Pilot Plant Operator
Job prospects for Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators in Victoria

Occupations in the Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators group include Chemical Plant Operator, Gas or Petroleum Operator and Power Generation Plant Operator.

Employment prospects
There are currently 1,900 Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively small occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are good.

Average weekly wage
$2,912.60

Hourly earnings
$65.90

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website.

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