What Does a Process Operator: Power Do?

A Process Operator: Power (246R) monitors, adjusts, and maintains processing systems and equipment

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Handles, stores and disposes of hazardous workplace materials such as gases, acids and solvents.
  • Knowledgeable of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems guidelines, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Chemical Hazards and hazardous materials, and follow the operation and maintenance requirements of all equipment..
  • Communicating well with co-workers.
  • Maintaining service documents including service call sheets, work orders, work performance sheets and log books, and writing numerous work reports such as injury reports, environmental reports and maintenance charts.
  • Monitors and runs analogue, electronic or computerized control panels.
  • Determine properties, reactions, temperatures, pressures and chemical analysis of chemical constituents.
  • Using and maintaining hand tools such as hammers, wrenches screwdrivers and pliers as well as using and maintaining measuring devices including those for temperature, pressure, level and flow.

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To become a Process Operator, you need Grade 12, preferably with credits in Math, and Science as well as communication, and completion of 6480 hour apprenticeship compromised of on-the-job training and industry approved theory including 720 hours of in-school or equivalent correspondence training.  This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Process Operator: Power?

Those who complete this apprenticeship will be well-positioned to move into management or supervisory positions at their own workplace, and will have marketable skills that will make them more mobile in their field. 

Wage Rate

  • As an Apprentice you earn less than a Journeyperson
  • this rate increases gradually as you acquire skills and gain competency
  • Workers in this field can expect to earn a maximum wage ranging between $20 and $25 per hour.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as Process Operator: Power for You?

Do you take pride in persisting until a job is done correctly and safely?

Yes      No

Do you pay attention to detail and have the ability to notice things that are out of place?

Yes      No

Do you emphasize safety in the workplace for yourself and others?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with your hands?

Yes      No

Can you bend, lift, stretch, stand?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Process Operator: Power may be for You!

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