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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.   (O'Net 51-9011.00)

Reported 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 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, Board Operator, Boiler Plant Worker, 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, Causticiser, CD Reactor Operator, 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 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, 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), Neutralizer, Nitroglycerin Distributor, Nitroglycerin Neutralizer, Nitroglycerin Separator Operator, Operator, Outside Operator, Oxidation Operator, Pan Helper, Para Machine Operator, Paradi Operator, Pharmaceutical Worker, Pigment Processor, Pilot Control Operator, Plant Worker, Poacher Operator, Poly Operator, Polymerization Kettle Operator, Pond Tender, Process Operator, Production Operator, Production Technician, Purification Operator Helper, Raymond Mill Operator, Reactor Operator, Remote Pilot Operator, Resin Maker, Ripening Room Hand, Ripening Room Operator, Salt Machine Operator, Salt Maker, Salt Refiner, Soda Column Operator, Soda Dialyzer, Soda Maker, Spray Dry 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
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  • 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.
  • Observe safety precautions to prevent fires or explosions.
  • Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
  • Control or 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 or malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
  • Patrol work areas to detect leaks or equipment malfunctions or to monitor operating conditions.
  • Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated December 2006

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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated December 2006

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated December 2006

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  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated December 2006

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  • 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2008

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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated December 2006

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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
  • 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated December 2006

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