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.


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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $53,560.00
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) 1,560
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 1.03 %

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Skills Profile


Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Following Directions
Problem-solving
Resource Allocation

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment
Don/Doff industrial, production, or manufacturing related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Mix chemicals safely according to instructions

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Estimate project material requirements
Estimate material requirements for production
Determine work priorities and requirements
Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes
Perform industrial, production, or manufacturing related measurements
Weigh industrial, production, or manufacturing related products or materials

Controlling Machines and Processes

Operate processing equipment
Operate industrial testing equipment
Operate chemical processing or water treatment systems or equipment
Operate power driven pumps, equipment, or systems
Control pumps or pumping equipment
Operate power or hand tools in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Operate laboratory equipment

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Inspect production equipment
Inspect industrial, production, or manufacturing machinery and equipment
Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Perform industrial, production, or manufacturing related safety inspection
Test manufactured products
Inspect industrial, production, or manufacturing related work products to verify conformance with quality and standards

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Clean production equipment
Clean water, chemical, or gas processing tools, equipment, or machinery
Maintain manufacturing or production equipment
Lubricate production equipment
Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
Repair production equipment or tools

Getting Information

Review industrial, production, or manufacturing codes and specifications
Review information from formulas or processing charts
Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing work orders
Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor production or manufacturing equipment operation to detect problems
Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions
Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems
Detect industrial, production, or manufacturing equipment malfunctions by listening for abnormalities
Maintain consistent production quality


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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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