Pilot Control Operator

Set up and operate small-scale chemical production equipment.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pilot Control Operators do?

Sets up and operates small-scale chemical production equipment under laboratory conditions to test methods and chemical processes for product development, following specifications and guidance from research chemists or engineers: Sets up production equipment, such as reactors, stills, stripping towers, separators, and blending tanks, using mechanics’ handtools and portable power tools. Starts pumps and compressors. Turns valves to regulate equipment temperatures, pressures, flow rates, and liquid levels, following process specifications or instructions of technical personnel. Observes meters and gauges to verify process conditions. Performs standard quantitative or qualitative chemical analyses, such as titration, distillation, caustic-insoluble, and color-measurement tests, to verify process conditions and compile research data. Mixes chemical solutions as directed for use in tests. Prepares operating records and reports of test results. May adjust and repair mechanical and electronic testing equipment, using handtools, circuit diagrams, and maintenance manuals.


Should I be a Pilot Control Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Pilot Control Operator

    Pilot Control Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Pilot Control Operator-related education!
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