Chemical Plant and System Operators :

Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.


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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $58,860.00
Average Time to Fill 35 days
Typical Education High school diploma or equivalent
Typical Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 774
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) -0.25 %

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Skills Profile


Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Following Directions
Oral Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Controlling Machines and Processes

Prepare plant for startup and/or shutdown
Operate precision test equipment
Operate chemical processing or water treatment systems or equipment
Control operation of compressors
Operate processing equipment
Control pumps or pumping equipment
Operate power driven pumps, equipment, or systems
Operate laboratory equipment

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Detect industrial, production, or manufacturing equipment malfunctions by listening for abnormalities
Monitor equipment fluid levels
Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions
Monitor production or manufacturing equipment operation to detect problems
Determine air, water, steam, or fluid pressure using gauges
Monitor operating conditions
Maintain consistent production quality
Maintain safe work environment

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Analyze test results
Test materials to verify safety standards
Inspect industrial, production, or manufacturing machinery and equipment
Inspect production equipment
Test piping systems or equipment for leaks under pressure
Perform industrial, production, or manufacturing related safety inspection


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP)
Data Entry



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