What does a Process Operator do?

Process operators oversee and manage a full production at a manufacturing plant or similar industrial facility by monitoring equipment to ensure its quality, safety, and efficiency remain intact. They also ensure operations run safely and that essential maintenance of the facility’s equipment and instruments is regularly performed, and they troubleshoot these features when necessary. Process operators program and operate the facility’s computer system that directly operates its machinery. They use this system to start a plant up and shut it down and run the production of materials.

Process operators conduct constant inspections and identify abnormalities including broken equipment or safety issues. When a problem is identified, they compose a report and ensure necessary repairs, equipment adjustments, or proper responses have been instituted and that supervisors have been notified. Process operators ensure products under their supervision meet specifications and requirements, leading them to gather samples for lab analysis and perform quality control analysis on the product. Process operators need a high school diploma or equivalency, including a GED and technical or vocational training in safety protocols and heavy machinery.

Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Process Operator Salaries

Average Base Pay

£27,339 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £27K
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Process Operator Career Path

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Process Trainee
7 Aug 2021

“No cons I saw friendly nature lovable .I didn't see any cons here .”

Chevron Phillips ChemicalChevron Phillips Chemical
Process Operator
21 Jan 2020

“compensation is competitive but nothing else they advertise is true once you make it to the facility.”

Morgan Advanced MaterialsMorgan Advanced Materials
Process Operator
9 Jun 2021

“The pay was good and bonuses”

Chemical Process Operator
9 Jan 2020

“Insurance is average and expensive for what you get.”

Chemical Process Operator
23 Jan 2021

“Good pay but not the best compared to other chemical companies”

Greenville Liquefied Natural Gas
Process Operator
15 Sep 2021

“Presents a good opportunity for career beginners in Oil and Gas”

Air LiquideAir Liquide
Process Operator
7 Apr 2021

“Good place to learn and grow as a operator.”

Tech MahindraTech Mahindra
Non Voice Process
1 Jan 2021

“No work and life balance.”

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