To work as a chemical plant operator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some chemical plant operators have an associate degree. A common area of study is chemical technology. This program teaches you the principles of chemistry, computer applications, and laboratory research methods.
Most chemical plant operators learn their skills on the job. As a new worker, you begin by helping other operators. As you gain experience, you learn to handle chemicals. You also learn safety procedures. After training, another worker may supervise your work. Training generally lasts up to one year.