Central control and process operators run and monitor multi-function process control machinery/equipment to control the processing of mineral ores, metals, and cement.
Petroleum, gas, and chemical process operators run and monitor petroleum, petrochemical and chemical plants, and monitor, adjust, and maintain processing units/equipment.
Pulping and papermaking control operators control the processing of wood, scrap pulp, recyclable paper, and other cellulose materials to produce pulp/paper by operating and monitoring multi-function process control machinery/ equipment.
1. Oil and gas extraction - 19.0%
2. Primary metal manufacturing - 17.0%
3. Paper manufacturing - 16.0%
4. Chemical manufacturing - 11.0%
5. Petroleum and coal products manufacturing - 9.0%
6. Support activities for mining and oil and gas extraction - 5.0%
7. Wholesale trade - 3.0%
1. In general, you need a high school diploma.
2. You usually need formal company training, on-the-job training, and several years' experience as a machine or process operator in the same company or department. You may also need a college diploma in a related field.
3. You may need an industrial first-aid certificate.
4. To be a petroleum, gas or chemical process operator, you may need a college diploma in process operation, science, or a related subject as well as various certificates and licences.
5. To be a pulping control operator, you may need a college or other program in forest products processing or a related subject.
6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have a undergraduate university degree.
3. Computer-related courses
4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)
The average hourly wages for Central Control and Process Operators in Manufacturing and Processing is $23.96/HR, which is above average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.