Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
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. Exclude "Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Observe safety precautions to prevent fires or explosions. Record operational data, such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results. Control or operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products. Patrol work areas to detect leaks or equipment malfunctions or to monitor operating conditions. Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed. 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. Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained. Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, concentrations, or viscosities or send them to laboratories for testing. Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks or malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $17.17   Entry $35,717.00
Mean $27.24   Mean $56,644.00
Experience $32.26 Experience $67,113.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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