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Other denominations

Chemical operator; Chemical reactor operator; Chemical process operator; Process technician.


Chemical plant operators are responsible for monitoring all of the steps of the production process. These workers' usual duties include executing tasks relating to the operation and control of the devices, machines and facilities used in the different chemical process and product manufacturing stages, depending on the specifications laid out in the relevant technical documents and with a view to the safety, product quality and process efficiency standards, as well as taking responsibility for the basic maintenance of the machines in the working area. They form part of a team that works under a middle manager (chemical plant manager or tecnician) and in conjunction with machine maintenance and quality assurance professionals and the labourers who provide them with raw materials, whom they have a higher rank than. These professionals work in basic chemical industries, dedicated to oil refinement, petrochemistry, gases, etc., as well as in transformation chemistry and in industry, mainly in the production area or collaborating on research and development activities. It is also possible to find operators at companies associated with the environment, such as wastewater or waste treatment plants, or with energy management and generation.


  • Prepare and test chemical raw materials.
    Receive and store chemical raw materials and packaging material in the specified conditions and with the security required.
    Take samples for quality assurance, in the conditions specified and using suitable instruments.
    Perform simple tests within the established time frame and using the specified methods and safety conditions.
    Record the results and notify any incidents that occur.
  • Prepare and condition chemical plant machines, equipment and facilities.
    Prepare process machines that need to be repaired or reconditioned, and prepare them to be connected or integrated into the process.
    Prepare a section, process area or plant for reparation or reconditioning, and get it ready for operation in line with the established procedures.
    Provide the thermal conditions, obtain steam and purified water and provide oxygen or other gases in the processes in the conditions required.
  • Perform chemical process operations.
    Keep the machines and area for which they are responsible clean and in suitable condition.
    Perform basic maintenance operations on machines and fill in incident forms.
    Distribute materials in the process in the conditions required, through solid and/or liquid transportation.
    Undertake or take part in the start-up and stoppage of processes, whether continuous or non-continuous, synchronising operations where necessary.
    Prepare mixtures and solutions according to the procedures established for the process.
    Obtain the components of a mixture using mechanical or diffusion separation processes.
    Obtain chemical products through established chemical reactions in the process and properly operating the reaction machines.
    Pack chemical products using the packaging material described and accepted by the quality assurance programme, in conjunction with the plant labourers.
  • Perform local control in the chemical plant.
    Oversee the supply and replenishment of auxiliary products and materials.
    Use local control instruments to achieve and maintain the operational system.
    Measure the process variables with the tools and frequency established.
    Regulate and control the established manufacturing processes, whether using control centres or manually and following the production plan, making any necessary adjustments.
    Take samples of the product during the process, in order to support the quality control operations, to obtain products of the quality required.
    Carry out periodic quality control tests on the product and process.
    Record the measurement and control results in line with established procedures, timeframes and sequences.
  • Comply with good manufacturing practices and safety and environmental standards.
    Comply with internal safety and environmental standards when operating machines in all facilities and areas.
    Apply safety measures for the prevention of risks resulting from the handling of chemical substances.
    Prevent personal risks through the use of protective equipment.
    React quickly and appropriately to emergencies.
    Effectively coordinate with shift handover staff and with other departments.
    Oversee the chemical production and/or treatment process, respecting environmental protection measures.
    Actively participate in exercises, drills and emergency scenarios in line with the established procedures and plans.

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