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Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators control the operation of chemical production equipment, pump gas and oil from wellheads, refine and process petroleum products, and operate boilers, turbogenerators and associated plant to generate electrical power.
Controls the operation of chemical production plant.
Specialisations: Chemicals Distiller, Chemicals Fermentation Operator, Industrial Gas Production Operator, Paint Maker, Pharmaceutical Plant Operator, Pilot Plant Operator
Operates equipment to pump oil and gas from wellheads, and refine and process petroleum products.
Specialisations: Gas Compressor Turbine Operator, Petroleum Blending Plant Operator, Petroleum Terminal Plant Operator, Refinery Pipeline Operator
Operates boilers, turbogenerators and associated plant to generate electrical power. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Hydro-electric Station Operator, Power Generation Turbine Room Operator
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a small occupation employing 10,700 workers. The number of workers has stayed about the same over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 10,800. Around 6,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
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The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Controlling equipment or systems.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use rules to solve problems.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-8013.00 - Power Plant Operators.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
How often do you work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How often do you work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.