Chemical Plant Mechanic

Chemical Plant Technician

Chemical Plant Maintenance

The tasks a Mechanic, Maintenance (Chemical Plant) expected to perform include:

Repairing and overhauling the chemical plant machinery and equipment periodically and on break downs to maintain them in efficient operating condition

Studying the methods of processing of raw material to finished products

Reporting the major defects and break downs to Chemical Engineer and dismantling the defective unit as directed with necessary precaution, using hand tools, adopter, twists etc.

Reassembling the unit according to specifications with prescribed precautions particularly for explosive, gas acid and other chemical plants

Ensuring the correct alignment clearance, valve operations, adjustments, flow of material operational functions and other necessary details

Knowledge of repairing or replacing defective parts and components by remetalling, filling, drilling, grinding, scraping, soldering, berazing, etc.

Experience in testing and getting assembled unit for proper performance, examined under appropriate authority and making further adjustments before handing over to production

Proficient in examining, adjusting and lubricating plant machine equipment periodically

Knowledge of examining plant and equipment to locate faults and removing minor defects on spot

Knowledge of checking, adjusting and lubricating equipment periodically


Ability to maintain records of parts examined, repairs done, replacements made and plant performance

Knowledge of erecting and installing equipment under guidance of chemical engineer

Ability to follow instructions

Good observation skills

Good interpersonal skills

Problem solving attitude

Good hand-eye coordination

Ability to focus for long hours

Diligent and hardworking

Physically fit

Ability to work independently

It requires one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of job

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 standing for long hours, exposure to welding fumes, chemicals, sharp tools, etc.

Occupational hazards may include fatigue, lung diseases, dizziness, headache, nausea, skin disease, asthma, burns, rashes, nosebleeds, suffocation, allergies, etc.

For freshers - INR 5,000 to INR 6,000 per month

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 5,000 to INR 8,000 per month

(This figure 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 Bn 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 mn tons 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 human resource intensive industry and hence employs a large number of people across the world, currently the industry provide 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.

Chemicals & petrochemicals companies across India

Towns and cities across India

Will be updated

Government Industrial Training Institute, Gujarat

Industrial Training Institute, Raigad

Vidyasagar Industrial Training Centre, West Bengal