Chemical Equipment Operators

Mechanical skills
Putting it all together
Chemical equipment operators must have knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computer skills
Learn new technology
Chemical equipment operators work extensively with circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Blinding us with science
Chemical equipment operators must understand the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Job Description

Responsible for controlling equipment to adjust chemical changes and reactions during the production process of products for the industrial and consumer space.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Determine product or ingredients for products.
  • Adjust the flow of gasses and chemicals through pipes.
  • Set timing devices such as gauges and thermostats.
  • Regulate temperate, pressure and time during reactions.
  • Open and shut valves.
  • Operate pumps to drain or receive materials
  • Start reactors, agitators, or blowers.
  • Automatically feed materials and chemicals.
  • Monitor gauges and flowmeters.
  • Mix and add chemicals according to formulas.
  • Record data
  • Take samples for analysis.
  • Inspect equipment malfunctions.
  • Test equipment.
  • Analyze sample for specific gravity
  • Clean and sterilize equipment.
  • Unload and set up materials.
  • Operate heaters, scrubbers, filters, or dryers.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $49,640
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Make $57,396
Make $63,993
The industries that hired the most were:

Basic Chemical Manufacturing


Artificial synthetic fibers industry


Paint, coating, and adhesive manufacturing




TN College of Applied Technology - Chattanooga


  • Program Length – 1 year (diploma)
  • Job Placement – 90%
  • Average Earnings – $36,570 / yr
  • Cost – $4,705

The mission of the program is to provide technical instruction and skill development that will enable students to become gainfully employed in the welding field. Highly individualized instruction provides for both classroom instruction and practical work experience using hand tools, fabrication shop equipment and welding equipment. The major emphasis of the program is placed on safety, oxyacetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Welding is a detail oriented technology. Close attention must be made in all areas of welding, cutting, metal preparation, and fabrication.

Class room and shop experiences focus on construction trades, manufacturing, and industrial welding. Students learn about safety, metallurgy, mathematics and print reading.


  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Program Length – 2 Years (Degree)
  • Average Pay – $49,640 / yr

Advance, Cleveland State’s block scheduling format, offers working adults a convenient way to obtain a college certificate or degree taking classes with the same core group of students.  Cleveland State is now offering a block schedule for Technical Certificates in Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance and Process Control.  If your time is limited but you are committed to attending college to increase your technical skills, the Advance Technical Certificate Program is for you!


  • Students will be in class with “like-minded” people, who are focused, self-disciplined, and want to earn their certificate.
  • Networking Opportunities—students form strong connections with other working students/professionals.
  • Students know upfront their scheduling for the entire program.


  • Working toward a certificate or degree as a group has been proven to dramatically  improve retention and graduation rates.
  • Faculty are committed to helping students achieve their individual goals.
  • Earning your technical certificate opens doors for promotion within your organization or a new career.
  • The courses in this certificate program will apply to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technology.

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College