Chemical and Related Process Operatives

Chemical and related process operatives operate machinery in the processing of chemical and related materials by chemical, heat or other treatment, manufacture synthetic materials and bleach, dye or otherwise treat textiles, and treat hides, skins and pelts for making into fur, leather and skin products.


New workers

New workers start around £20,012. Normal pay is £29,372 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £44,145.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 30,615 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Withdraws samples for quality control testing, removes and regulates discharge of batch material upon completion of processing.

  • Cuts and trims skins, hides and pelts, removes wool, hair, flesh and other waste material, and washes, limes, tans, dyes and otherwise treats hides for making into leather, skin and fur products.

  • Operates machines to coat film and tape with sensitising material and otherwise impregnate materials by immersion, split and mould mica and produce asbestos pipes and sheets.

  • Operates kilns, furnaces and ovens to produce charcoal, coke and other carbon products.

  • Regulates input of polymer into melting unit, extrudes polymer, gathers extruded filaments and feeds strands through rolling, cutting and treatment units to produce synthetic fibre.

  • Prepares dye, bleaching, water repellent, fixing salt and other chemical solutions to finish and treat textiles.

  • Loads prescribed quantities of ingredients into plant equipment, starts operational cycle, monitors instruments and gauges indicating conditions affecting the operation of the plant and adjusts controls as necessary.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Housekeeping

  • Machinery

  • Forklift Truck

  • Chemical Process

  • Environment Health And Safety

  • Production Process

  • Manufacturing Processes

  • Warehousing

  • Standard Operating Procedure

  • Development Environment

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Operations

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • English Language

  • Problem Solving

  • Mathematics

  • Packaging And Labeling

  • Teamwork

  • Quality Control

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.