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What does a Plant Operator do?

A Plant Operator is responsible for maintaining equipment to ensure it works correctly. They might work at a power plant, chemical plant or oil refinery. Plant Operators are required to be familiar with the entire operations at a plant so they can ensure the equipment is doing what is required.

The role of a Plant Operator is likely to involve the monitoring of pressure, temperature and flow rate for different machines to make sure that they are functioning properly. It’s also likely that a Plant Operator will need to collect and test samples.

Plant Operator Courses

There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Plant Operator.

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How much does a Plant Operator earn?

In Australia, a full time Plant Operator generally earns $1,550 per week ($80,600 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only.

What are the job opportunities for Plant Operators?

Despite job opportunities for Plant Operators decreasing slightly over the past 5 years, the industry is expected to remain stable. It is predicted that the number of Plant Operator roles will remain the same over the next 5 years.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Plant Operator?

To become a Plant Operator, you will first need to become a qualified Engineer. This will require you to obtain a relevant university qualification and meet any other state requirements necessary to register as a qualified Engineer. Most Engineers then go on to complete a qualification like the Advanced Diploma of Plant Engineering to provide them with the skills necessary to be a Plant Operator.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au