Ammonia Plant Operator

Ammonia Worker

Chemical Plant Operators

The tasks an Ammonia Operator is expected to perform include:

Controlling the converter and auxiliary equipment that combine hydrogen and nitrogen to produce anhydrous ammonia

Lighting burner and starting pumps, compressors, scrubbers, and absorption units

Moving controls on panel-board to regulate temperatures of solutions and opening valves to admit heated and purified air and hydrogen into combustion chamber of burner

Reading the instruments, such as thermometers, pressure gauges, and potentiometers

Making control adjustments according to operating instructions and charts

Pumping fresh solutions into scrubbing and absorption towers when readings indicate excessive alkalinity

Recording operational data in logbook

Knowledge of controlling equipment systems that process chemical substances into specified products

Ability to monitor the production process and ensure efficiency of systems and equipment

Well-versed with calculating material requirements or yields, according to formulae

Proficiency in reading the instruments such as thermometers, pressure gauges, potentiometers, etc.

Ability to repair or replace damaged equipment


Knowledge of computing percentage of hydrogen and ammonia in burner gases, using standard test procedure

Ability to follow instructions

Physically fit

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Attention to detail

Problem-solving skills

Motor skills

Ability to focus for long hours

It requires one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

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

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Chemical & petrochemical companies usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include injuries, burns, mental and physical stress, breathing problems, uneasiness, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries due to exposure to toxic material or fumes, working in congested and cramped spaces, continuous exposure to chemicals, contaminated work spaces, etc.

For freshers - INR 11,000 to INR 12,000 per month

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 21,000 to INR 22,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Industry Outlook of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Sector

Indian chemical industry generates around 70,000 commercial goods ranging from plastic to toiletries and pesticides to beauty products. It is regarded as the oldest domestic sector in India and in terms of volume it gives a sense of pride to India by featuring as the 12th largest producers of chemicals. With an approximate cost of US$ 28 billion, it amounts to 12.5% of the entire industrial output of India and 16.2% of its entire exports. Under Chemical industries some of the other rapidly emerging sectors are petrochemical, agrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

Indian chemical industry comprises both small and large scale units, and presently, there are about 70,000 chemical manufacturing units located in the country. The industrys current turnover is about USD 30.8 billion which is 14 per cent of the total manufacturing output of the country.

Indian chemical industry is expected to register a growth of 8-9% in the next decade and is expected to double its share in global chemical industry to 5-6% by 2021.

Even though this industry is capital and technology intensive, the sector is a major avenue for large scale employment. The downstream plastic processing is the largest employer with over 3.53 million people deriving their livelihood from this sector. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Ammonia Operator.

Chemical and petrochemical companies across India

Cities and towns across India