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Chemical Plant and System Operators
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Plant and System Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines. Move control settings to make necessary adjustments on equipment units affecting speeds of chemical reactions, quality, and yields.
 
Monitor recording instruments, flowmeters, panel lights, and other indicators, and listen for warning signals, in order to verify conformity of process conditions.
 
Control or operate chemical processes or systems of machines, using panelboards, control boards, or semi-automatic equipment.
 
Record operating data such as process conditions, test results, and instrument readings.
 
Confer with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting safety, efficiency, and product quality.
 
Draw samples of products, and conduct quality control tests in order to monitor processing, and to ensure that standards are met.
 
Regulate or shut down equipment during emergency situations, as directed by supervisory personnel.
 
Start pumps to wash and rinse reactor vessels, to exhaust gases and vapors, to regulate the flow of oil, steam, air, and perfume to towers, and to add products to converter or blending vessels.
 
Interpret chemical reactions visible through sight glasses or on television monitors, and review laboratory test reports for process adjustments.
 
Patrol work areas to ensure that solutions in tanks and troughs are not in danger of overflowing.
 
Notify maintenance, stationary-engineering, and other auxiliary personnel to correct equipment malfunctions and to adjust power, steam, water, or air supplies.
 
Inspect operating units such as towers, soap-spray storage tanks, scrubbers, collectors, and driers to ensure that all are functioning, and to maintain maximum efficiency.
 
Direct workers engaged in operating machinery that regulates the flow of materials and products.
 
Turn valves to regulate flow of products or byproducts through agitator tanks, storage drums, or neutralizer tanks.
 
Calculate material requirements or yields according to formulas.
 
Gauge tank levels, using calibrated rods.
 
Repair and replace damaged equipment.
 
Defrost frozen valves, using steam hoses.
 
Supervise the cleaning of towers, strainers, and spray tips.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Plant and System Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Plant and System Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Plant and System Operators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Plant and System Operators
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Alarm management system software Industrial control software
 
Coordinated incident management system CIMS software Network security or virtual private network VPN management software
 
Distributed control systems DCS software Industrial control software
 
Interlock shutdown systems Industrial control software
 
Accumulators Hydraulic accumulators
 
Agitator tanks Processing tanks
 
Air conditioning systems Air conditioners
 
Axial flow fans Fans
 
Barometers Barometers
 
Belt conveyors Belt conveyors
 
Blending vessels Chemical tanks
 
Boilers Water tube boiler
 
Bourdon tubes Pressure sensors
 
Bucket elevators Bucket conveyors
 
Calibrated rods Logging instruments for water wells
 
Capacitance probes Capacitance meters
 
Centrifugal compressors Centrifugal compressors
 
Centrifugal fans Fans
 
Centrifugal pumps Centrifugal pumps
 
Chain conveyors Chain conveyors
 
Chemical reactor vessels Chemical tanks
 
Collectors Collection tanks
 
Control boards Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
Converter vessels Chemical tanks
 
Conveyor feeders Conveyor feeders
 
Cooling towers Evaporative coolers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital surface thermometers Surface thermometers
 
Display screens Cathode ray tube CRT monitors
 
Distillation columns Distillation pipings or columns or fittings
 
Effluent treatment systems Packaged water treatment systems
 
Fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
 
Gas analyzers Chemical absorption gas analyzers
 
Heating vessels Heating or drying equipment or accessories
 
Hoppers Processing tanks
 
Humidifiers Humidifiers
 
Industrial dryers Air dryers
 
Industrial fans Fans
 
Industrial liquid flowmeters Flowmeters
 
Manometers Manometers
 
Mixing tanks Processing tanks
 
Neutralizer tanks Processing tanks
 
Panel lights Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
Panelboards Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
Personal protective equipment Hazardous material protective apparel
 
Positive displacement pumps Positive displacement pumps
 
Pressure gauges Pressure sensors
 
Radiographic detecting instruments Radiation detectors
 
Reciprocating compressors Reciprocating compressors
 
Reciprocating pumps Reciprocating pumps
 
Recording calorimeters Calorimeters
 
Refrigeration systems Refrigerated tanks
 
Rotary pumps Rotary pumps
 
Screw conveyors Conveyor screw
 
Silencers Silencer sections
 
Soap-spray storage tanks Storage tanks
 
Steam hoses Special hoses
 
Steam turbines Steam engines
 
Storage drums Storage tanks
 
Tensometers Tension testers
 
Thermocouple temperature probes Thermocouple probes
 
Thermocouples Thermocouples
 
Viscometers Viscosimeters
 
Wet scrubbers Wet scrubbers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Plant and System Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Plant and System Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Ammonia Still Operator
Badger Distiller Operator
Checker
Chemical Operator
Chemical Plant Operations Technician
Chemical Technician
Chemical Treatment Plant Technician
Chief Operator
Continuous Operator
Control Room Operator
Denitrator
Furnace Process Plant Operator
Hydrogenation Operator
Naphtha Washing System Operator
Nitric Acid Plant Operator
Nitrogen Operator
Operations Technician
Operator
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Machine Operator
Pharmaceutical Operator
Pressure Controller
Process Development Associate
Process Development Technician
Process Operator
Process Technician
Switchboard Operator
Tower Operator
Utility Operator
Warehouse Technician
Wash Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Plant and System Operators
 
 
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