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"Chemical Plant and System Operator"
Job Description - Part 1

Basic Job Description:

Control or operate an entire chemical process or system of machines.

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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Chemical Plant and System Operator"

1) Regulate or shut down equipment during emergency situations, as directed by supervisory personnel.

2) Start pumps to wash and rinse reactor vessels, to exhaust gases and vapors, to regulate the flow of oil, steam, air, and perfume to towers, and to add products to converter or blending vessels.

3) Turn valves to regulate flow of products or byproducts through agitator tanks, storage drums, or neutralizer tanks.

4) Confer with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting safety, efficiency, and product quality.

5) Defrost frozen valves, using steam hoses.

6) Direct workers engaged in operating machinery that regulates the flow of materials and products.

7) Inspect operating units such as towers, soap-spray storage tanks, scrubbers, collectors, and driers to ensure that all are functioning, and to maintain maximum efficiency.

8) Repair and replace damaged equipment.

9) Supervise the cleaning of towers, strainers, and spray tips.

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10) Calculate material requirements or yields according to formulas.

11) Control or operate chemical processes or systems of machines, using panelboards, control boards, or semi-automatic equipment.

12) Draw samples of products, and conduct quality control tests in order to monitor processing, and to ensure that standards are met.

13) Gauge tank levels, using calibrated rods.

14) Interpret chemical reactions visible through sight glasses or on television monitors, and review laboratory test reports for process adjustments.

15) Monitor recording instruments, flowmeters, panel lights, and other indicators, and listen for warning signals, in order to verify conformity of process conditions.

16) Move control settings to make necessary adjustments on equipment units affecting speeds of chemical reactions, quality, and yields.

17) Notify maintenance, stationary-engineering, and other auxiliary personnel to correct equipment malfunctions and to adjust power, steam, water, or air supplies.

18) Patrol work areas to ensure that solutions in tanks and troughs are not in danger of overflowing.

19) Record operating data such as process conditions, test results, and instrument readings.

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