Occupation Profile for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

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.


$40,290.00 Median Annual Wage 1,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
2.5 Average Unemployment Percentage 52.8 Percentage That Completed High School
53,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 33.1 Percentage That Had Some College
51,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 14.1 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
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 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
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
CD Reactor Operator
Cell Operator
Cell Tender
Chamber Walker
Chamber Worker
Chemical Compounder
Chemical Operator
Chemical Process Operator
Chemical Processor
Chemical Tank Worker
Chemical Treatment Operator
Chemical Unit Operator
Chlorination Operator
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
Mercury Purifier
Mercury Washer
Multiskill Operator
MVA Operator (Monovinylacetylene Operator)
MVA Reactor Operator (Monovinylacetylene Reactor Operator)
MVA Still Operator (Monovinylacetylene Still Operator)
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
Thiokol Operator
Tower Helper
Tungsten Tender
Twitchell Operator
Varnish Filterer
Vessel Operator
Viscose Cellar Charge Hand
Viscose Cellar Worker
Wet Mix Operator
White Lead Filterer
Zinc Chloride Operator

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • 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.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Core — Make minor repairs, and lubricate and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Core — Measure, weigh, and mix chemical ingredients, according to specifications.
  • Core — Flush or clean equipment, using steam hoses or mechanical reamers.
  • Core — Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks and malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
  • Supplemental — Observe and compare colors and consistencies of products to instrument readings, and to laboratory and standard test results.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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