Chemical or related process operative

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.

Tasks

  • Withdraws samples for quality control testing, removes and regulates discharge of batch material upon completion of processing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Operates kilns, furnaces and ovens to produce charcoal, coke and other carbon products.
  • 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.
  • Prepares dye, bleaching, water repellent, fixing salt and other chemical solutions to finish and treat textiles.
  • Loads prescribed quantities of ingredients into plant equipment, starts operational cycle, monitors instruments and gauges indicating conditions affecting the peration of the plant and adjusts controls as necessary.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 20% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£23,754

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for chemical or related process operative is £23,754

766 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 766. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for chemical or related process operative roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £23,754 per year. That is about £1,979 per month or £12.18 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,222, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,334

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 766 people are employed in the region.

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