3992 Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators

ANZSCO Unit Group Code: 
ANZSCO Unit Group Name: 
Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators
ANZSCO Unit Group Description: 


CHEMICAL, GAS, PETROLEUM AND POWER GENERATION PLANT OPERATORS control the operation of chemical production equipment, pump gas and oil from wellheads, refine and process petroleum products, and operate boilers, turbogenerators and associated plant to generate electrical power.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
In Australia:
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Registration or licensing may be required.
Tasks Include:

controlling equipment performing continuous and batch processes to process chemicals and natural gas, manufacture refined petroleum products, and blend petroleum base stocks to produce commercial fuels, lubricating oils and asphalt
controlling the preparation, measuring and feeding of raw material and processing agents such as catalysts and filtering media into plant
patrolling and inspecting equipment to ensure proper operation and setting operating controls on equipment
analysing samples and readings and recording test data
controlling records of production, quantities transferred and details of blending and pumping operations
checking equipment for malfunctions and arranging maintenance
operating power generation plant controls to produce required load
monitoring operation of power generation plant and interpreting instrument readings
authorising procedures to isolate high-voltage and low-voltage electrical apparatus and plant
writing reports and maintaining records on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations
carrying out routine operating tests

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
2 716.60