What does a Process Operator do?
Process operators oversee and manage a full production at a manufacturing plant or similar industrial facility by monitoring equipment to ensure its quality, safety, and efficiency remain intact. They also ensure operations run safely and that essential maintenance of the facility’s equipment and instruments is regularly performed, and they troubleshoot these features when necessary. Process operators program and operate the facility’s computer system that directly operates its machinery. They use this system to start a plant up and shut it down and run the production of materials.
Process operators conduct constant inspections and identify abnormalities including broken equipment or safety issues. When a problem is identified, they compose a report and ensure necessary repairs, equipment adjustments, or proper responses have been instituted and that supervisors have been notified. Process operators ensure products under their supervision meet specifications and requirements, leading them to gather samples for lab analysis and perform quality control analysis on the product. Process operators need a high school diploma or equivalency, including a GED and technical or vocational training in safety protocols and heavy machinery.
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Process Operator Insights
“compensation is competitive but nothing else they advertise is true once you make it to the facility.”
“The final round with HR was the best HR round I have attended so far.”
“HR doesn't listen to any complaints from hourly people I have been harassed and cussed at and when I went to HR they did nothing.”
“The pay was good and bonuses”
“Insurance is average and expensive for what you get.”
“Good pay but not the best compared to other chemical companies”
“Presents a good opportunity for career beginners in Oil and Gas”
“Interesting work and good compensation”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a process operator
When working as a process operator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Antennas, Creative Problem Solving, Lean Six Sigma, Pipeline and Business Processes.
- Project Engineer
- Process Engineer
The most common qualifications to become a process operator is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.