1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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4987-11 Chemical Plant Operator

Controls the operation of chemical production equipment.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • observes and controls the operation of continuous or batch processing chemical plant using field controls and computer control systems
  • determines and obtains materials and supplies
  • controls the preparation, measuring and feeding of raw material and processing agents such as catalysts and filtering media into plant
  • operates controls to regulate machinery, temperature, pressure and rate of flow
  • takes samples and reviews quality and quantity of work undertaken
  • patrols plant and inspects equipment to ensure proper operation and detect abnormalities
  • issues permits for maintenance work and ensures work is performed in accordance with safety standards
  • cleans and maintains equipment
  • may operate equipment to generate, compress, refrigerate, liquefy and solidify gases or equipment such as furnaces, dissolving tanks and evaporators

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