Plant operator

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Plant Operator
Occupation type
Competencies Technical and HSE knowledge and skills
Plant operators at work in the control room of the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

A plant operator is a person who supervises the operation of an industrial plant. The term is usually applied to workers employed in utilities, power plants or chemical plants such as gas extraction facilities, petrochemical or oil refineries.

Modern industrial plants are generally highly-automated, with control of the plant's processes centralised in a control room from which valves, gauges, alarms and switches may be operated. Employees working in these environments are sometimes known as control room, panel or board operators. Generally, operators are assigned to a particular unit, on which they are responsible for a certain function or area of equipment. Operators are also responsible for overseeing work is being done in a safe manner.


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