Chemical Equipment Operators

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Chemical Equipment Operators

Chemical Equipment Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, chemical equipment operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact with others.
  • Talk with others usually through face-to-face discussions, e-mail, and telephone.
  • Often work as part of a team.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of other workers in the plant.
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  • Are responsible for the work done by the workers who assist them.
  • Occasionally deal with conflict situations.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often wear hardhats, safety glasses, body suits, or breathing devices.
  • Are exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels that may be uncomfortable.
  • Are regularly exposed to contaminants.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
  • May be exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Indoor locations are often not temperature controlled. Outdoor work sites are usually under cover.
  • Sometimes must work in very dim or bright lighting.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that can produce cuts or burns.
  • Sometimes must climb to high places or get into cramped positions to reach work spaces.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details of the job are complete.
  • Must be very accurate in processing chemicals. Errors in mixing chemicals could endanger workers or consumers.
  • Must pace work to match the speed of the processing equipment.
  • Often repeat the same physical activities.
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  • Usually are not required to consult a supervisor before making decisions or setting tasks and goals.
  • Meet strict weekly deadlines.
  • Daily make decisions that strongly impact coworkers and their company.


  • Usually work 40 hours a week. Schedules are usually established.
  • Often work day, evening, or night shifts.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.