Occupation information for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders Washington

description

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels.

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details

Currently Employed: 1,030

Projected Annual Job Openings: 120

Typical Hourly Wage: $17.53 - $26.07

Typical Annual Salary: $36,460 - $54,230

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: No work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: 1 to 12 months on-the-job training

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typical job duties
  • Record operational data, such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.
  • Control or operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
  • Patrol work areas to detect leaks or equipment malfunctions or to monitor operating conditions.
  • Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.
  • Adjust controls to regulate temperature, pressure, feed, or flow of liquids or gases and times of prescribed reactions, according to knowledge of equipment and processes.
  • Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
  • Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, concentrations, or viscosities, or send them to laboratories for testing.
  • Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks or malfunctions, shutting equipment down, if necessary.
  • Open valves or start pumps, agitators, reactors, blowers, or automatic feed of materials.
  • Implement appropriate industrial emergency response procedures.
tools & technology
Tools:
  • Air dryers
  • Chemical tanks
  • Evaporative coolers
  • Fans
  • Gas recovery machinery

Technology:
  • Electronic mail software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software