Energy and Chemical Plant Operator Kaiwhakahaere Rawa Pūngao, Rawa Matū

Energy and chemical plant operators monitor, control, and adjust equipment at gas plants, oil wells, and power stations to make sure they are functioning safely and efficiently.

Energy and chemical plant operators may do some or all of the following:

  • monitor equipment that processes chemicals, natural gas, petroleum products, or electricity
  • make adjustments to equipment to ensure it's functioning safely and efficiently
  • take samples of water and chemicals used in the production processes
  • record equipment pressure and temperature readings
  • arrange maintenance and repairs of equipment.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for energy and chemical plant operators includes:

  • work with motors, pumps, machinery or heavy equipment
  • work in a factory or manufacturing plant
  • welding and metalwork.

Personal Qualities

Energy and chemical plant operators need to be:

  • patient, efficient and practical
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well in a team or alone
  • safety-conscious
  • able to follow instructions and make good judgments
  • good at analysis and problem-solving
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for energy and chemical plant operators includes:

  • work with motors, pumps, machinery or heavy equipment
  • work in a factory or manufacturing plant
  • welding and metalwork.

Subject Recommendations

It is recommended you have at least NCEA Level 1 English, and Level 2 maths, science, computing or subjects related to mechanical engineering, or electronic engineering.

Energy and Chemical Plant Operators can earn around $50K-$70K per year per year.

With experience and on-the-job training, energy and chemical plant operators may move into supervisory or managerial positions. They can also progress to become panel operators.

Panel Operator
Panel operators work mainly in rooms where they monitor and control a plant's production and equipment as shown on banks of computer screens.
Energy and Chemical Plant Operator

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