Process Plant Operator

What will I be doing?
Running the Plant
In a nutshell you will be operating and maintaining the chemical process plant.

This will include monitoring, controlling, and adjusting equipment to make sure the plant is working safely and efficiently, with an eye on meeting production targets.

Resolving Issues & Communicating Improvements
You will be keeping your other eye on making sure that any problems are resolved and communicating about any possible operational improvements that could be made.

You will take samples and test the water, chemicals, & product to ensure quality control is achieved.

Equipment Monitoring & Maintenance
You will record & monitor equipment readings e.g., pressure and temperature, and also arrange for any maintenance and repairs on that equipment too.

And on that note, I have to say that I know the Maintenance Coordinator is a great guy to work with.

Your Team
There are four teams of Plant Operators running the plant 24/7.

You will report to a Senior Process Operator and work alongside two other Process Plant Operators and a Production Distribution Operator on your shift.

Training & Development and Regular Salary Increases
You will be given training and a structured development program, so you will learn and develop here and be paid more and more over time too.

As you steadily increase your knowledge, experience, and qualifications your salary will move up in sync with this through 4 different pay levels all covered by a collective agreement.

If you are motivated, you could be up at Level 3 in about 2 to 2.5 years and already hitting 6 figures.

The salary levels in the collective agreement are also regularly reviewed to keep in step with the market.

Additional Benefits
On-top of your salary will also receive a superannuation contribution that goes up
over time, and three types of Insurances: Medical, Life, & Total Permanent Disability, so you will be well looked after.

Rotating Shift Pattern
You will do 2 days, 2 nights, then 4 days off rotating shift roster.

Many people capitalise on these 4 days to pursue their hobbies or other interests.

I have been told that this shift pattern is “the best” recovery pattern because you work your first two days, have a day off to recover, are fresh to start the first night, and are really only experiencing fatigue on the last night before a 4 day off stretch off.

12 hour shifts with an additional paid ½ hour handover period. 5:45am – 6:15pm x 2 days / 5:45pm – 6:15am x 2 nights.

Skills and Knowledge

  • A relevant degree in Engineering or equivalent discipline or industry experience.
  • 1 to 2 years’ experience at least in a similar role.
  • Working knowledge of legislation and regulations relevant to the manufacturing environment and chemical industry.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency and ability to learn internal plant software.
  • Operations experience in a Chemical Manufacturing Environment is preferred.

Lifestyle Location
Tauranga is simply one of those places that people seem to enjoy living in or want to move to.

Being a decent sized city yet still not too large, and near a beautiful coastline where the sunshine hours are reliably high certainly helps.

Tauranga is not too far from other cities like Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, or the popular Coromandel for holidays or visiting friends and family.

Come and grow and develop your manufacturing experience as a process plant operator here alongside other senior operators who will help you on your journey.

How to Apply
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