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Chemical, gas, petroleum and power plant operators usually operate chemical production equipment, and pump gas and oil from wellheads. They also refine and process petroleum products, and operate boilers, turbo generators and other equipment and plant to generate electrical power.

Where chemical, gas, petroleum and power plant operators are employed

Chemical, gas, petroleum and power plant operators are mainly employed in manufacturing, electricity, gas, water and waste services, and mining.

Pay

Full-time chemical, gas, petroleum and power generation plant operators in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Pay scale Chemical, gas, petroleum and power generation plant operator

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 541 people employed full-time as chemical, gas, petroleum and power generation plant operators in South Australia compared with 481 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a chemical, gas, petroleum and power plant operator, you can undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in process plant operations or other relevant fields.  Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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