Chemical and related process operatives

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£34,320 Average Salary
44 Average hours per week

Description

Job holders in this unit group operate plant and machinery in the processing of chemical and related materials by chemical, heat or other treatment, manufacture synthetic materials and bleach, dye or otherwise treat textiles, and treat hides, skins and pelts for making into fur, leather and skin products.

Main Tasks

  • Loads prescribed quantities of ingredients into plant equipment, starts operational cycle, monitors instruments and gauges indicating conditions affecting the operation of the plant and adjusts controls as necessary;
  • Prepares dye, bleaching, water repellent, fixing salt and other chemical solutions to finish and treat textiles;
  • Regulates input of polymer into melting unit, extrudes polymer, gathers extruded filaments and feeds strands through rolling, cutting and treatment units to produce synthetic fibre;
  • Operates kilns, furnaces and ovens to produce charcoal, coke and other carbon products;
  • Operates machines to coat film and tape with sensitising material and otherwise impregnate materials by immersion, split and mould mica and produce asbestos pipes and sheets;
  • Cuts and trims skins, hides and pelts, removes wool, hair, flesh and other waste material, and washes, limes, tans, dyes and otherwise treats hides for making into leather, skin and fur products;
  • Withdraws samples for quality control testing, removes and regulates discharge of batch material upon completion of processing.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers require entrants to possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by specialised training courses. NVQs/SVQs in Process Operations are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

UK Prospects

37000 Workforce Size
15.38% Predicted decline 2020 - 2027
9164 Predicted Replacement 2020 - 2027

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