To work as a chemical equipment operator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
No formal education is required beyond high school. Some operators earn an associate degree in chemical technology. These programs teach you the principles of chemistry, computer applications, and lab research methods.
Most chemical equipment operators learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. As a new worker, you begin with simple tasks, such as helping other operators. As you gain experience, you learn to operate equipment. It can take up to a year to become familiar with the most complex equipment.