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Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders - 51-9011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Chemical Operator
  • Chlorination Operator
  • Multiskill Operator
  • Outside Operator
  • Process Operator
  • Spray Dry Operator
  • Vessel Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9010 Chemical Processing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-9011.00 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Add treating or neutralizing agents to products, and pump products through filters or centrifuges to remove impurities or to precipitate products.
  • 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.
  • Control or operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
  • Direct activities of workers assisting in control or verification of processes or in unloading of materials.
  • Drain equipment, and pump water or other solutions through to flush and clean tanks or equipment.
  • Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.
  • Dump or scoop prescribed solid, granular, or powdered materials into equipment.
  • Estimate materials required for production and manufacturing of products.
  • Flush or clean equipment, using steam hoses or mechanical reamers.
  • Implement appropriate industrial emergency response procedures.
  • Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks or malfunctions, shutting equipment down, if necessary.
  • Inventory supplies received and consumed.
  • Make minor repairs, lubricate, and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Measure, weigh, and mix chemical ingredients, according to specifications.
  • Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
  • Notify maintenance engineers of equipment malfunctions.
  • Observe and compare colors and consistencies of products to instrument readings and to laboratory and standard test results.
  • Observe safety precautions to prevent fires or explosions.
  • Open valves or start pumps, agitators, reactors, blowers, or automatic feed of materials.
  • Patrol work areas to detect leaks or equipment malfunctions or to monitor operating conditions.
  • Read plant specifications to determine products, ingredients, or prescribed modifications of plant procedures.
  • Record operational data, such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.
  • Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, concentrations, or viscosities, or send them to laboratories for testing.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Compare physical characteristics of materials or products to specifications or standards.
  • Direct operational or production activities.
  • Estimate material requirements for production.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Maintain safety.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Operate chemical processing or water treatment systems or equipment.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Automated Electrolytic Oxygen Generator (AEOG) Mechanical Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cryogenics Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryogenics Technician, Overseas Shore Based Equipment Operator/Maintainer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Reactor Controls Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Chemical Operator Iii

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Acid-Plant Helper
  • Acid-Polymerization Operator
  • Aluminum-Hydroxide-Process Operator
  • Ball-Mill Operator
  • Cadmium-Liquor Maker
  • Catalytic-Converter-Operator Helper
  • Caustic Operator
  • Cd-Reactor Operator
  • Chemical Operator II
  • Chemical Operator III
  • Contact-Acid-Plant Operator
  • Cuprous-Chloride Helper
  • Devulcanizer Tender
  • Fermenter Operator
  • Gas Treater
  • Impregnator Operator
  • Ion Exchange Operator
  • Ion-Exchange Operator
  • Lye Treater
  • Mva-Reactor Operator
  • Neutralizer
  • Nitroglycerin Distributor
  • Nitroglycerin Neutralizer
  • Pan Helper
  • Pigment Processor
  • Purification-Operator Helper
  • Tower Helper
  • Twitchell Operator