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)


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Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955



Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427