Chemical Process Operator

Process Engineer


The tasks a Processman, Chemical is expected to perform include:

Processing the chemical ingredients by mixing in specific proportions for causing chemical reactions for research or production

Obtaining the scheme of processing from chemist

Setting the apparatus and equipment

Collecting the chemicals in required quantities

Checking the progress of process by looking through peep holes, observing temperature readings, pressure gauges and other instruments and making simple chemical tests

Implementing the safety measures in regards to operation of plant/machinery

Processing materials such as acids, oils and maintaining machinery

Knowledge of various chemical processes such as heating, distilling, cooling, filtering, blending, percolating, refining, pulverizing, etc.

In-depth knowledge of regulating feed of gaseous, liquid or solid materials into equipment

Ability to strain, filter and distill chemical substances to obtain required product in purified form

Knowledge of regulating material feed, heating, cooling devices and making other adjustments necessary to ensure that processes are correctly carried out

Well-versed with the safety measures of the plant


Knowledge of duties performed by distilling still attendant and filter pressman

Good observational skills

Good interpersonal skills

Physically fit

Ability to follow instructions

Good team player

It requires one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 5/6 days a week for 9/10 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health risks may include exposure to chemicals and toxic materials, standing for long hours, etc.

Occupational hazards may include illness, skin disease, allergies, breathing problem, headache, back pain, etc.

For freshers - INR 4,000 to INR 8,000 per month

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 8,000 to INR 12,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Chemical & Petrochemical Sector in India

Global chemical market size was estimated at USD 3.9 trillion in 2013 and is expected to grow at 3-4% per annum over the next 5 years to reach USD 4.7 trillion by 2018. India currently accounts for approximately 3% of the world chemical market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry expanded in 2013 despite weakness in key export markets and subdued growth in the domestic market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry currently stands at USD 118 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% for the next five years.

Bulk chemicals form the largest sub-segment of Indian chemical industry with 40% market share whereas the specialty chemical with 19% market share is the fastest growing segment. Together, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh account for more than 50% of Gross Value Add (GVA) and Gross Output of the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

The petrochemicals industry is a significant industry for the Indian economy. The growth of this industry is closely linked to economic growth of a country. Today, petrochemical products permeate the entire spectrum of daily use items and cover almost every sphere of life like clothing, housing, construction, furniture, automobiles, household items, agriculture, horticulture, irrigation, packaging, medical appliances, electronics and electrical etc. The Indian petrochemical market has grown at a CAGR of 11% from USD 19.3 billion in FY11 to USD 24 billion in FY13. The demand for basic petrochemicals and end products petrochemicals is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to reach 16 MMTPA and 19.5 million tonnes by FY18 respectively.

The current per capita consumption of products of chemical industry in India is about 1/10th of the world average. The low per capita consumption across industries and segments and strong growth outlook for the key end use are the key growth drivers for the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

Chemical and petrochemical industry is a human resource intensive industry and hence employs a large number of people across the world. Currently the industry provides employment to about 1 million people in India. With the growing demand, the manufacture and marketing of chemicals will continue to offer substantial employment opportunities both for skilled and unskilled persons. The industry also generates indirect employment for the chemicals, engineering, packaging and transport industry. With the additional emphasis on exports, there will be new opportunities in logistics and marketing as well. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Processman, Chemical.

Chemical and petrochemical companies across India

Towns and cities across India

Will be updated

Annai J.K.K Sampoorani Ammal Polytechnic College, Tamil Nadu

C.P.C.L. Polytechnic College, Tamil Nadu

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Vidyavihar