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Plant Operator Jobs

Plant Operator Jobs

How to Enter

Although in most cases, there are no specific educational entry requirements for becoming a Plant Operator, New Zealand employers prefer candidates who either have on-the-job industry experience or have prepared themselves by undergoing a pre-employment Certificate in Process Operations.

The personal requirements of a Plant Operator can include any of the following:

  • Safety-conscious

  • Great communicator

  • Can follow instructions

  • Great at making judgements

  • Good at analysing and solving problems

  • Pragmatic and efficient

  • Highly accurate with a great attention to detail

Typical Responsibilities

Plant Operators can expect to do some or all of the following job responsibilities on any given day:

  • Using, maintaining and monitoring equipment that processes chemicals, natural gases and petroleum products

  • Adjusting equipment to ensure chemical plant is operating safely and efficiently

  • Recording temperature readings and equipment pressure

  • Making requests for equipment maintenance and repairs


Following significant on-the-job training, Plant Operators can often move into supervisory or managerial positions. Plant Operators can also progress into Panel Operator roles where they monitor and control a plant’s production and equipment from a control room.

Salary Range

Entry: 50K – 70K per annum (NZD)