Distillation Unit Operator


The tasks a Distiller (Chemical) is expected to perform include:

Controlling continuous still equipment to distill pine oleoresin into oil of turpentine and rosin

Turning valves to transfer heated oleoresin from melting vats into cleaning, filtering, and washing tanks

Cleaning, filtering, and washing trash, foreign matter, and other impurities from resin preparatory to distillation

Pouring specified amounts of oxalic acid into tanks to facilitate cleansing process, using graduated cylinder

Draining impurities from wash tanks and starting pump that forces resin into still

Turning valve to circulate water through steam jackets

Observing temperature gauge

Turning valve to regulate heat to specified temperature to condense turpentine vapours

Turning valve to drain rosin from still

Observing sample of distillate for clarity and separation of turpentine from oleoresin to determine completion of distillation

Knowledge of distilling pine oleoresin into oil of turpentine and rosin

Competent in improving plant quality, efficiency and safety

Proficiency in operating complex operations in chemical reaction process

Well-versed with making adjustments to the pumps and agitators

Knowledge of gathering samples for testing

Proficiency in cleaning, filtering, and washing trash, foreign matter


Knowledge of replacing filters in tank and cleaning tank as necessary

Ability to follow instructions

Physically fit

Attention to detail

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 company to company

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 heat, steam, toxic material or fumes, working in congested and cramped spaces, continuous exposure to water and chemicals, contaminated work spaces, etc.

For freshers - INR 6,500 to INR 7,500 per month

For candidates with 2-5 years experience or more - INR 8,500 to INR 12,000 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 argest 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 Distiller (Chemical).

Chemical and petrochemical companies across India

Cities and towns across India