What Do Chemical Equipment Operators And Tenders Do

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Chemical Equipment Operators And Tenders

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.

Salary
$53330
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth

Personality
Interest Match





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What they do

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.

  • Observe safety precautions to prevent fires or explosions.
  • Record operational data, such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.
  • Control or operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
  • Patrol work areas to detect leaks or equipment malfunctions or to monitor operating conditions.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Chemical Equipment Operators monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained. They record operational data, such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.

A typical day for a Chemical Equipment Operator and Tender will also include:

  • Adjust controls to regulate temperature, pressure, feed, or flow of liquids or gases and times of prescribed reactions, according to the knowledge of equipment and processes.
  • Control or operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
  • Open valves or start pumps, agitators, reactors, blowers, or automatic feed of materials.
  • Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks or malfunctions, shutting equipment down, if necessary.
  • Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Chemical Equipment Operators also make minor repairs, lubricate, and maintain equipment, using hand tools. They may also drain equipment, and pump water or other solutions through to flush and clean tanks or equipment.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Chemical Equipment Operators Notify maintenance engineers of equipment malfunctions. They might also flush or clean equipment, using steam hoses or mechanical reamers.

In addition, they read plant specifications to determine products, ingredients, or prescribed modifications of plant procedures.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them observe and compare colors and consistencies of products to instrument readings and to laboratory and standard test results.

To some Chemical Equipment Operators, it is also their responsibility to dump or scoop prescribed solid, granular, or powdered materials into equipment.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
0%

Very little freedom
12%

Limited freedom
9%

Some freedom
49%

A lot of freedom
30%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
0%

Very little freedom
23%

Limited freedom
2%

Some freedom
45%

A lot of freedom
30%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Average

59% said they were satisfied with their job and 48% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who want to work in a supportive work environment.

This career is perfect for people who love to work both indoors and outdoors.

It is easy to get into this career. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

Salary is below average.

Demand for this career is declining.

Long working hours (More than 40 hours per week).

How much do they make

Average salary

$53330 per year

Average hourly wage

$26 per hour

Entry-level Chemical Equipment Operators And Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $30,200 to $38,200 per year or $15 to $18 per hour.

Salary range Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $81,730
Senior (Top 25%) $32 $66,650
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $50,510
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $38,200
No experience (Bottom 10%) $15 $30,200

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
0%

40 hours
47%

More than 40 hours
53%

Working schedule

87%

14%

0%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
0%

Fairly important
1%

Important
12%

Very important
32%

Extremely important
55%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
66%

Fairly important
10%

Important
19%

Very important
3%

Extremely important
3%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
2%

Fairly important
10%

Important
13%

Very important
36%

Extremely important
40%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
15%

Every day
71%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
18%

Every day
55%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
0%

Every day
90%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
69%

Once a year
21%

Once a month
10%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
10%

Once a year
26%

Once a month
40%

Once a week
21%

Every day
3%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
10%

Once a year
32%

Once a month
35%

Once a week
9%

Every day
14%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
81%

Once a year
0%

Once a month
10%

Once a week
0%

Every day
10%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
17%

Slightly competitive
4%

Moderately competitive
43%

Highly competitive
26%

Extremely competitive
10%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
10%

Fairly important
3%

Important
10%

Very Important
46%

Extremely Important
31%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
10%

Minor impact
15%

Moderate impact
9%

Important impact
22%

Very important impact
44%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
25%

Once a year
0%

Once a month
2%

Once a week
26%

Every day
47%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
0%

Limited responsibility
1%

Moderate responsibility
12%

High responsibility
26%

Very high responsibility
61%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
4%

Limited responsibility
8%

Moderate responsibility
25%

High responsibility
15%

Very high responsibility
48%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
43%

Once a year or more
10%

Once a month or more
10%

Once a week or more
13%

Every day
25%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
13%

Once a year or more
1%

Once a month or more
8%

Once a week or more
10%

Every day
68%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
1%

Once a year or more
12%

Once a month or more
8%

Once a week or more
31%

Every day
47%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
29%

Once a year or more
24%

Once a month or more
4%

Once a week or more
41%

Every day
3%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
2%

High School Diploma or equivalent
49%

Post-Secondary Certificate
14%

Some College Courses
21%

Associate’s Degree or similar
14%

Bachelor’s Degree
2%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
19%

1 month
0%

1 to 3 months
0%

3 to 6 months
0%

6 months to 1 year
5%

1 to 2 years
18%

2 to 4 years
26%

4 to 6 years
32%

6 to 8 years
0%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
0%

1 month
2%

1 to 3 months
14%

3 to 6 months
27%

6 months to 1 year
30%

1 to 2 years
17%

2 to 4 years
5%

4 to 10 years
5%

Over 10 years
1%

Should you become one

Best personality for this career
The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

100%

29%

19%

14%

29%

48%

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People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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