CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Tend equipment in which a chemical change or reaction takes place in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Typical equipment used are: devulcanizers, batch stills, fermenting tanks, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Adjust controls to regulate temperature, pressure, feed, and flow of liquids and gases, and times of prescribed reactions, according to knowledge of equipment and processes.
 
Observe safety precautions to prevent fires and explosions.
 
Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
 
Control and operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
 
Measure, weigh, and mix chemical ingredients, according to specifications.
 
Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks and malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
 
Patrol work areas to detect leaks and equipment malfunctions, and to monitor operating conditions.
 
Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, and concentrations or viscosities, or send them to laboratories for testing.
 
Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.
 
Record operational data such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.
 
Notify maintenance engineers of equipment malfunctions.
 
Add treating or neutralizing agents to products, and pump products through filters or centrifuges in order to remove impurities or to precipitate products.
 
Open valves or start pumps, agitators, reactors, blowers, or automatic feed of materials.
 
Read plant specifications to determine products, ingredients, and prescribed modifications of plant procedures.
 
Drain equipment, and pump water or other solutions through in order to flush and clean tanks and equipment.
 
Make minor repairs, and lubricate and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
 
Flush or clean equipment, using steam hoses or mechanical reamers.
 
Observe and compare colors and consistencies of products to instrument readings, and to laboratory and standard test results.
 
Implement appropriate industrial emergency response procedures.
 
Dump or scoop prescribed solid, granular, or powdered materials into equipment.
 
Estimate materials required for production and manufacturing of products.
 
Inventory supplies received and consumed.
 
Direct activities of workers assisting in control or verification of processes, or in unloading of materials.
 
Tend equipment in which a chemical change or reaction takes place in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Typical equipment used are: devulcanizers, batch stills, fermenting tanks, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
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.
 
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
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.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
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.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
IBM Lotus Notes Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Accumulators Hydraulic accumulators
 
Agitator tanks Processing tanks
 
Air purifying respirators Respirators
 
Air scrubbers Air scrubbers
 
Axial flow fans Fans
 
Barometers Barometers
 
Batch dryers Air dryers
 
Belt conveyors Belt conveyors
 
Belt dryers Air dryers
 
Blenders Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
 
Blending vessels Chemical tanks
 
Blowers Blowers
 
Bourdon tubes Pressure sensors
 
Brine concentrators Water purification equipment
 
Bucket elevators Bucket conveyors
 
Calibrated rods Logging instruments for water wells
 
Capacitance probes Capacitance meters
 
Catalytic converters Catalytic converters
 
Centrifugal fans Fans
 
Centrifugal pumps Centrifugal pumps
 
Chain conveyors Chain conveyors
 
Chemical reactor vessels Chemical tanks
 
Chemical reactors Reactors or fermenters or digesters
 
Chemical splash goggles Goggles
 
Circulation heaters Circulation heaters
 
Collectors Collection tanks
 
Colorimeters Colorimeters
 
Combustion gas turbines Turbine engines
 
Continuous tray dryers Air dryers
 
Cooling towers Evaporative coolers
 
Crystallizers Crystallizers
 
Demineralizers Deionization or demineralization equipment
 
Digital surface thermometers Surface thermometers
 
Distillers Bi distillation units
 
Drum dryers Air dryers
 
Extractors Extracting equipment for laboratories
 
Fermentation chambers Standard fermentation units
 
Filler presses Filtering machinery
 
Fire blankets Fire blankets
 
Fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
 
Flow meters Flowmeters
 
Fractionators Density gradient fractionators
 
Gas chromatographs GC Gas chromatographs
 
Gas expanders Gas recovery machinery
 
Gas-liquid separators Laboratory separators
 
Gear pumps Gear pumps
 
Heat exchangers Heat exchangers
 
Humidifiers Humidifiers
 
Industrial dryers Air dryers
 
Industrial filters Air filters
 
Infrared spectroscopic equipment Spectrometers
 
Laboratory evaporators Laboratory evaporators
 
Ladders Ladders
 
Liquid-liquid separators Laboratory separators
 
Manometers Manometers
 
Mechanical reamers Reamers
 
Media filters Metal fabric media
 
Neutralizer tanks Processing tanks
 
Packed towers Air dryers
 
Personal protective equipment Hazardous material protective apparel
 
Pneumatic conveying dryers Air dryers
 
Positive displacement pumps Positive displacement pumps
 
Pressure gauges Pressure sensors
 
Protective face shields Facial shields
 
Reactors Reactors
 
Reciprocating compressors Reciprocating compressors
 
Reciprocating pumps Reciprocating pumps
 
Recovery units Gas recovery machinery
 
Respirators Respirators
 
Reverse osmosis systems Reverse osmosis equipment
 
Rotary cylindrical dryers Air dryers
 
Rotary pumps Rotary pumps
 
Rotating equipment Rotating shakers
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Safety shoes Safety shoes
 
Screw conveyors Conveyor screw
 
Self-contained breathing apparatus Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories
 
Soap-spray storage tanks Storage tanks
 
Spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
 
Spray dryers Spray dryers
 
Steam hoses Special hoses
 
Steam turbines Steam engines
 
Storage drums Storage tanks
 
Thermocouple temperature probes Thermocouple probes
 
Thermocouples Thermocouples
 
Tray towers Evaporative coolers
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Vacuum pumps Vacuum pumps
 
Water clarifiers Water purification equipment
 
Water softeners Water softening accessories
 
Welding helmets Welding masks
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
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 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Acetone Recovery Worker
Acetylene Plant Operator
Acid Bleacher
Acid Cleaner
Acid Concentrator
Acid Condenser
Acid Extractor
Acid Maker
Acid Operator
Acid Patroller
Acid Plant Helper
Acid Plant Operator
Acid Polymerization Operator
Acid Purification Equipment Operator
Acid Purifier
Acid Recovery Operator
Acid Regenerator
Acid Remover
Acid Retort Operator
Acid Tender
Acid Treater
Aluminum Hydroxide Process Operator
Ammonia Distiller
Ammonia Nitrate Operator
Ammonia Still Operator
Ball Mill Operator
Blow Down Operator
Boiling Tub Operator
Burner Operator
Butadiene Convertor Operator
C D Reactor Operator
C D Still Operator
C D Stripper
CD Reactor Operator
Cadmium Liquor Maker
Cat Cracker Operator
Catalyst Operator
Catalyst Recovery Operator
Catalyst Unit Operator
Catalytic Converter Operator
Catalytic Converter Operator Helper
Caustic Liquor Maker
Caustic Operator
Caustic Plant Worker
Caustic Preparer
Caustic Purification Operator
Caustic Room Operator
Causticiser
Cell Operator
Cell Tender
Chamber Walker
Chamber Worker
Chemical Compounder
Chemical Equipment Controller
Chemical Machine Tender
Chemical Operator
Chemical Process Equipment Operator
Chemical Process Operator
Chemical Processor
Chemical Tank Worker
Chemical Treatment Operator
Chemical Unit Operator
Chlorination Operator
Chlorinator
Chlorinator Operator
Chlorine Cells Operator
Chlorine Operator
Clay Plant Treater
Coagulating Bath Operator
Coagulating Operator
Contact Acid Plant Operator
Control Board Operator
Cracking Still Operator
Cracking Unit Operator
Crystalizer Tender
Cuprous Chloride Helper
De-Ionizer Operator
Dehydrogenation Converter Operator
Desulphuring Operator
Desulphurizer Operator
Devulcanizer Loader
Devulcanizer Operator
Devulcanizer Tender
Dissolver Operator
Drug Department Worker
Dust Collector Operator
Fermenter Operator
Filteration Operator
Gas Treater
Gasoline Catalyst Operator
Generator Operator
Glycerine Plant Operator
Hydrochloric Acid Operator
Hydrogen Operator
Impregnator Operator
Ion Exchange Operator
Kettle Operator
Lye Treater
MVA Operator (Monovinylacetylene Operator)
MVA Reactor Operator (Monovinylacetylene Reactor Operator)
MVA Still Operator (Monovinylacetylene Still Operator)
Mercury Purifier
Mercury Washer
Multiskill Operator
Neutralizer
Nitroglycerin Distributor
Nitroglycerin Neutralizer
Nitroglycerin Separator Operator
Outside Operator
Oxidation Operator
Oxygen Plant Operator
Pan Helper
Para Machine Operator
Paradi Operator
Pharmaceutical Worker
Pigment Processor
Pilot Control Operator
Poacher Operator
Poly Operator
Poly Plant Operator
Polymerization Kettle Operator
Pond Tender
Process Operator
Production Operator
Production Technician
Purification Operator Helper
Raymond Mill Operator
Reactor Operator
Resin Maker
Ripening Room Hand
Ripening Room Operator
Salt Machine Operator
Salt Maker
Salt Plant Operator
Salt Refiner
Soda Column Operator
Soda Dialyzer
Soda Maker
Spray Dry Operator
Stock Preparation Operator
Sublimer
Thiokol Operator
Tower Helper
Tungsten Tender
Twitchell Operator
Vaporizer
Varnish Filterer
Vessel Operator
Viscose Cellar Charge Hand
Viscose Cellar Worker
Wet Mix Operator
White Lead Filterer
Zinc Chloride Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Chemical
Benchmark Title: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
 
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