Control Panel Operator

Operate control panels.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$38,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Control Panel Operators do?

Operates control panel to regulate temperature, pressure, rate of flow, and tank level in petroleum refining, processing, and treating units and petro-chemical units, according to process schedules: Observes instruments and meters to verify specified conditions and records readings. Moves and adjusts dials, switches, valves, and levers on control panel to regulate and coordinate process variables, such as flows, temperatures, pressures, vacuum, time, catalyst, and chemicals as specified. Reports malfunctioning equipment to REFINERY OPERATOR. Records results of laboratory analyses. May test products for chemical characteristics and color, or send them to laboratory for analysis. May change recording charts and ink pens [CHART CHANGER]. May operate auxiliary equipment to assist in distilling or treating operations. May lubricate equipment. May be designated according to type of unit or process as Control-Panel Operator, Cracking Unit; Control-Panel Operator, Crude Unit; Control-Panel Operator, Polymerization Unit; Control Panel Operator, Solvent-Treating Unit.

Should I be a Control Panel Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Control-Panel Operator, Cracking Unit, Control-Panel Operator, Crude Unit See More

    How to become a Control Panel Operator

    Most Control Panel Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9foaaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%287%25%29|associate%27s+%2818%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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