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Chemical Plant Operations

Our Chemical Plant Operator Training Prepares Students for Rewarding Careers in this In-Demand Field

Description


When compared to many other careers, chemical plant operators enjoy a number of benefits including above-average pay, job stability and mobility. With more and more countries becoming increasingly industrialized, the demand for qualified, entry-level chemical plant operators is on the rise.

Chemical plant operators typically begin their careers in entry-level positions and quickly move up through the ranks - often to senior management positions. With a large percentage of the current chemical plant workforce reaching retirement age, there is a critical shortage of qualified entry-level plant operators to take their places.

Our chemical plant operator training program requires little or no knowledge of plant operations, math, physics and chemistry, as these skills are taught in great detail over the course of the training.

Plant operator responsibilities typically include the following:
• Consider personnel safety as the primary objective and ensure production processes are operating safely
• Continually monitor instrumentation and the operation of equipment
• Monitor and adjust system process variables such as flows, temperatures and pressures within acceptable ranges
• Detect potential and actual problems and take corrective action to prevent the interruption of system operations
• Analyze operational trends and take necessary actions
• Use standard operating procedures to start/stop and modify production equipment
• Maintain communication with other operators, maintenance and plant management

Benefits of becoming a chemical plant operator:
• Higher than average starting pay. Depending upon industry and location, generally entry-level chemical plant operators make $13.00 to $20.00 per hour. After a few years of experience, the pay range is typically between $18.00/hr. to $30.00/hr.
• Stable employment. Chemical plant operators are rarely laid off.
• Employment portability. Virtually every region of the United States has some chemical manufacturing facilities.
• Above average career advancement potential. Many entry-level chemical workers ultimately advance into supervisory and management positions.
• Better benefits. Generally chemical plants offer above-average benefits to their workers.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be proficient in the following skills:
• Operate a chemical plant with safety as the prime consideration
• Monitor instrumentation and operate a broad range of common chemical plant equipment
• Make adjustments to keep system process variables such as flows, temperatures and pressures within acceptable ranges
• Detect potential and actual problems and take corrective action to prevent the interruption of system operations
• Analyze operational trends and take corrective actions
• Use standard operating procedures to start/stop production equipment
• Maintain communication with other operators, maintenance and the management

Outline


I. Basic Safety
II. Basic Hazard Communication
III. Basic Lockout-Tagout
IV. Math 1000: Basic Math 1
V. Math 2000: Basic Math 2
VI. Math 2500: Basic Math 3
VII. Applied Physics 1
VIII. Applied Physics 2
IX. Applied Physics 3
X. Heat Exchangers
XI. Lubrication and Bearings
XII. Electrical Safety
XIII. Electricity for Operators and Technicians
XIV. Industrial Valves
XV. Compressed Air
XVI. How to Read Process Drawings
XVII. Basic Process Instrumentation and Control
XVIII. Pump Fundamentals
XIX. Centrifugal Pumps: Operation
XX. Chemistry Fundamentals
XXI. Chemical Reactions
XXII. Chemical Reactors

Additional Info

Languages
English, French, German, Spanish
Course Length
400.00 hours
Duration of Access


Students are given 6 months to complete the program. Extensions are available if needed, fees may apply.

Instructor


Max Ansari MSEE, P. Eng., First Class Steam Engineer is the instructor for our biofuel education program. He has experience in the operation of large hydrocarbon facilities, such as refineries, and the development of training systems for a multitude of large corporations engaged in complex industrial production processes. Max also has many years of experience as a professor at a community college. He’s taught a multitude of programs in a number of energy fields.

Prerequisites/Audience


To enroll in this program, you should have basic computer skills and a high school diploma or the equivalent.

This program is for you if you seek an entry-level position in the field of biofuel production.

Requirements/Materials Included


This program must be taken on a PC or a MAC. There are no other specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection (a high-speed or broadband Internet connection is highly recommended).