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What is Process Operations?

A Process Operator ensures the site and its equipment are safe, efficient, and working to a high standard, using sophisticated, specialist instruments to monitor systems and operations. A methodical mind and an eye for detail are key attributes for this role, along with skills that can be used in jobs throughout the world.

As a process operator, you will typically work in a manufacturing company that makes use of large and often complex pieces of machinery and equipment. It will be your duty to keep it operating safely and e­fficiently, you will also need to take samples of materials used for analysis. Since many manufacturing plants run day and night, you may be required to work shifts.

Salary:

According to the National Career Service, a qualified process operator's salary can start from £18,000 and increase to £37,000 once experienced.

As an apprentice, you will be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage by your employer during your studies.

Process Operators key responsibilities:
  • Starting up and shutting down plant machinery
  • Monitoring the plant
  • Making adjustments either by direct intervention or through a computer
  • Taking and analysing samples
  • Troubleshooting
  • Communicating with other operators, team leaders and maintenance staff‑ to keep everybody up to date
  • Keeping the work area tidy, safe and ready for the next Process Operator on duty

Course Overview

Available in Hull only

During the first year of a HETA apprenticeship, learners will be based at the HETA training centre. The first year you will undertake specialised training in Process Operations.

  • 4 days a week in a practical workshop
  • 1 day a week in a classroom based environment underpinning knowledge to complete a Level 3 qualification.

In years 2 and 3, apprentices will spend the remainder of their time of the HETA programme at their sponsored company. During this time, apprentices will be assessed via:

  • Portfolio work-based assessments
  • Engineering Assessor to review apprentices progression in a sponsored company (help with support and mentoring)
  • End Point Assessments (final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for- Skills, Knowledge and Behaviour)

Our applications are now open for our Process Operations apprenticeship programme for September 2022. Find out how you can apply here.

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