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Details for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders


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.

Tasks

  • Dump or scoop prescribed solid, granular, or powdered materials into equipment.
  • Observe and compare colors and consistencies of products to instrument readings, and to laboratory and standard test results.
  • Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, and concentrations or viscosities, or send them to laboratories for testing.
  • Inventory supplies received and consumed.
  • Direct activities of workers assisting in control or verification of processes, or in unloading of materials.
  • Estimate materials required for production and manufacturing of products.
  • Implement appropriate industrial emergency response procedures.
  • Make minor repairs, and lubricate and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Notify maintenance engineers of equipment malfunctions.
  • Observe safety precautions to prevent fires and explosions.
  • Flush or clean equipment, using steam hoses or mechanical reamers.
  • Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks and malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
  • Measure, weigh, and mix chemical ingredients, according to specifications.
  • Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
  • Open valves or start pumps, agitators, reactors, blowers, or automatic feed of materials.
  • Patrol work areas to detect leaks and equipment malfunctions, and to monitor operating conditions.
  • Read plant specifications to determine products, ingredients, and prescribed modifications of plant procedures.
  • Record operational data such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.
  • Add treating or neutralizing agents to products, and pump products through filters or centrifuges in order to remove impurities or to precipitate products.
  • 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.
  • Control and operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
  • Drain equipment, and pump water or other solutions through in order to flush and clean tanks and equipment.
  • Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills

  • 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.

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