Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operator

Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators control equipment used in producing chemicals, facilitate the pumping of oil and gas from rigs, cultivate and process petroleum yields, and operate plant equipment to generate electrical power.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict health and safety regulations, check equipment routinely, and perform maintenance regularly
  • Conduct regular inspections, monitor charts, meters and gauges on equipment and operations to ensure proper safety and production
  • Maintain records of materials processed and produced, especially input and output of plant operations
  • Plan and implement emergency procedures in case of equipment malfunction or hazardous reactions
  • Set operation controls and supervise proper functioning of equipment; evaluate readings from samples or experimentations
  • Strong knowledge of operating procedures and materials involved

Skills required

  • Able to Work Well Under Pressure
  • Adhere to High Health and Safety Regulations
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Strong Problem Solving Capabilities

Working conditions

Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators may work 8 or 12-hour rotating shifts as they are needed to monitor activities around the clock. This type of work schedule may be stressful and tiring due to the constant changes in sleeping patterns. This is also a high-risk area of work and the highest levels of alertness and safety precautions must be adhered to at all times.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia
The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Ltd (APPEA)

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