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Working As A Plant Operator

  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $58,380

    Average Salary

What Does A Plant Operator Do At Kelly Services

* The Plant Operator conducts readings on equipment, pulling samples and monitors pumps, compressors and takes readings during their shift.
* Other duties would be assisting in the production of finished chemical products and drawing samples.
* The Plant Operator performs duties that are associated with the operation of the plant and utility units, including opening and closing valves, switching from primary to backup equipment, monitoring outside equipment etc.
* Most of the process involves hazardous and volatile materials.
* Must be able to climb ladders and vertical stairs also lift materials weighing up to 50 lbs.
* Operators are exposed to outside weather and elements.
* Must follow safe work practices at all times and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.
* Operations are run 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
* Must have forklift experience

What Does A Plant Operator Do At Kinder Morgan

* Operation of natural gas treating equipment to maintain designated operating conditions
* Surveillance of plant processes on PLC or DCS
* Surveillance of satellite plant processes on PLC or DCS
* Surveillance of plant and field compression on PLC or DCS
* Surveillance of field gas gathering system pressures and flows on PLC or DCS
* Troubleshooting of process equipment and plant operations
* Shutdown and start up of plant equipment (pumps, cooling equipment, generators, etc.)
* Daily plant/compressor rounds and monitoring of equipment to identify operational problems not indicated through PLC or DCS alarm systems
* Manually operate valves as operations dictate
* Lockout/ Tag out and permitting duties for maintenance work
* Interact with contract personnel
* Identify, report, and correct safety and environmental concerns
* Complete appropriate documentation and paperwork
* Provide oral and written communication of activities to appropriate personnel
* Write Maintenance Work Orders as needed
* Operate company vehicles during daily activities
* Relieve operations personnel of operator duties during vacation or as required

What Does A Plant Operator Do At Aramark

* Repairs heating plant equipment such as: pumps, compressors, reducing stations, and heat exchangers.
* Performs preventive maintenance on mechanical equipment such as repacking and reheating valves, repacking pump seals, and greasing machinery.
* Performs annual maintenance overhauls on boilers including entering boiler firebox, water drum, breeching and flue to clean off soot and deposits.
* Performs repairs to boiler and high pressure steam piping and fittings using hand tools.
* Takes directions from and assists the Lead Boiler Operator as required
* Repairs air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical systems as required.
* Monitors running equipment, reads and records log entries; i.e., temperatures, pressures, flows, etc.
* Collects water samples, and adds chemicals to tower and chilled water systems when assigned.
* Responds to alarms, i.e., fire, smoke received by the Central Plant.
* Performs basic cleaning duties in the Central Plant.
* Paints equipment in Central Plant when required.
* Labels various mechanical equipment by name, function, flow, etc.
* Performs other related and unrelated duties when assigned.
* Primary responsibilities:
* Control equipment and monitor processes that remove or destroy harmful materials, chemicals, and microorganisms from wastewater.
* Run tests to make sure that the processes are working correctly.
* Keep records of water quality and other indicators.
* Operate and maintain the pumps and motors that move water and wastewater through filtration systems.
* Monitor the indicators at their plants and make adjustments as necessary.
* Read meters and gauges to make sure that plant equipment is working properly.
* Take samples and run tests to determine the quality of the water being produced.
* Adjust the amount of chemicals, such as chlorine and fluorine, being added to the water.
* Use computerized systems to monitor plant processes.
* Plan emergency reaction protocols.
* Fix chemical leaks and oxygen deficiencies.
* Keep records that document compliance

What Does A Plant Operator Do At Bituminous Roadways Inc.

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
* Keep asphalt plant mechanically sound and reliable
* Sign truck drivers in
* Maintain and order materials such as a/c and aggregate
* Have mix ready when jobs are to start
* Communicate with Pit/Loader Operator on daily needs
* Communicate with Lab Tech on daily results
* Stay in touch with Paving Foreman regarding job orders
* Keep Truck Dispatch notified on any possible issues with trucking (no shows

What Does A Plant Operator Do At Airgas Usa LLC

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Identifies, sorts, and prioritizes cylinders based on a daily production plan.
* Safely loads / unloads compressed gas and liquid cylinders to and from shuttle vehicles.
* Completes prefill inspection for daily production plans in accordance with Med Gas Manuals 1
* Reports any cylinder shortages or inventory discrepancies to supervisor.
* Preforms daily housekeeping and contributes as directed to end of day shutdown procedures.
* Removes labels, lot stickers, washes, paints, and preforms basic maintenance on cylinders as required.
* Complies with all state and federal laws, regulations, and safety procedures

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Plant Operator Career Paths

Plant Operator
Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Foreman Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Foreman Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Control Room Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Driver/Owner Operator Operator
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Lead Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Control Room Operator Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Service Manager Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Plant Operator Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • French

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Turkish

  • Cherokee

  • Romanian

  • Dutch

  • Somali

  • Welsh

  • Malay

  • Kurdish

  • Braille

  • Urdu

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

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Real Plant Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Area Manager-Tilden Plant Operations Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Ishpeming, MI Sep 30, 2014 $100,360 -
President-Plant and Operations Mitas Tires North America, Inc. Charles City, IA Oct 01, 2011 $100,000
Section Manager-Plant Operations Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Ishpeming, MI Mar 02, 2010 $90,210
Plant Operator K2 Pure Solutions, L.P. Pittsburg, CA Jun 15, 2012 $67,201
Manager Plant Operations Komplete Group Inc. Grand Prairie, TX Sep 17, 2014 $58,000 -
Rendering Plant Operator D&D Disposal Inc. DBA West Coast Rendering Vernon, CA Jun 18, 2015 $48,214

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Top Skills for A Plant Operator


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Top Plant Operator Skills

  1. Safety Meetings
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Attended monthly safety meetings to ensure machine operation safety.
  • Ensured that equipment was locked out and tagged in accordance with the company's safety procedures.
  • Plant operator at main facility for 2 year prior to George Gray.
  • Monitor and operate automatic boilers and control the operation of all functions related to the bulk Chemical Storage area.
  • Fork Lift and heavy equipment operation Testing materials and product, maintaining quality standards Assist with equipment repairs and preventative maintenance

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