What do Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders do?
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.
- Adjust controls to regulate temperature, pressure, feed, or flow of liquids or gases and times of prescribed reactions, according to knowledge of equipment and processes.
- Observe safety precautions to prevent fires or explosions.
- Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
- Control or operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
- Measure, weigh, and mix chemical ingredients, according to specifications.
- Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks or malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
- Patrol work areas to detect leaks or equipment malfunctions or to monitor operating conditions.
- Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, concentrations, or viscosities or send them to laboratories for testing.
- Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.
- Record operational data, such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.
- Notify maintenance engineers of equipment malfunctions.
- Add treating or neutralizing agents to products and pump products through filters or centrifuges to remove impurities or to precipitate products.
- Open valves or start pumps, agitators, reactors, blowers, or automatic feed of materials.
- Read plant specifications to determine products, ingredients, or prescribed modifications of plant procedures.
- Drain equipment and pump water or other solutions through to flush and clean tanks or equipment.
- Make minor repairs, lubricate, and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
- Flush or clean equipment, using steam hoses or mechanical reamers.
- Observe and compare colors and consistencies of products to instrument readings and to laboratory and standard test results.
- Implement appropriate industrial emergency response procedures.
- Dump or scoop prescribed solid, granular, or powdered materials into equipment.
- Estimate materials required for production and manufacturing of products.
- Inventory supplies received and consumed.
- Direct activities of workers assisting in control or verification of processes or in unloading of materials.
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