Kettle Operator

Percolation Attendant

Acidification Operator

Extraction Operator

Extractor Battery Attendant

The tasks an Extraction Attendant is expected to perform include:

Boiling the necessary ingredients in kettles, vats, pans and regulates temperature, pressure, etc. as directed by chemical processman to effect desired chemical reaction

Collecting the different ingredients in required proportions and feeding them into a pan separately or together, according to the specification, adding required amount of fluids and other liquids, mixing them by stirrer

Switching on the plant, injecting steam to boil and mix ingredients

Observing the temperature, pressure gauges, timings and other instruments, making adjustments where necessary, to ensure process is complete

Collecting samples for observation and testing

Knowledge of draining stuff for storage

Well-versed with cleaning pan and work place

Adept at implementing safety measures in regard to operation of plant/machinery and in handling and processing materials, oils and maintaining machinery


Knowledge of tending open or wood-fire pan

Eye for detail

Ability to follow instructions

Good observation skills

Keen learner

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Good communication skills

It needs 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

Factories usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours every day. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

The job is listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazard includes respiratory diseases, neurotoxicity, stress, fatigue, skin infections, burns, etc.

Health hazard includes exposure to high temperatures, various chemicals, gas, fumes, solvents, sensitizers, etc.

For freshers - INR 8,000 to INR 10,000 per month

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 12,000 to INR 15,000 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 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. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Extraction Attendant.

Chemical & petrochemical factories across India

Towns and cities across India

Will be updated

Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Engineering Design and Power Training Institute, Delhi

Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune

CISR, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun