Profession air separation plant operator

Air separation plant operators control and maintain the equipment for nitrogen and oxygen extraction from air, ensuring the required operational parameters of pressure, flow and temperature are met. They perform product purity tests and monitor its transfer to storage tanks or to fill cylinders.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Chemical preservation

    Process of adding chemical compounds to a product, such as food or pharmaceutical products, to prevent decay caused by chemical changes or microbial activity.

  • Characteristics of chemicals used for tanning

    Composition and physico-chemical properties of auxiliary chemicals used in the different tanning processes (tanning agents, fat liquors, pigments, dyes, etc.)

  • Basic chemicals

    The production and characteristisc of organic basic chemicals such as ethanol, methanol, benzene and inorganic basic chemicals such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen.

Skills

  • Test oxygen purity

    Test the purity and the moisture content of the processed oxygen making use of the burette moisture meter.

  • Transfer oxygen

    Transfer liquid or gaseous oxygen by opening the valves to allow the transfer through the heat exchanger to cool air and store the oxygen in tanks ensuring the specific temperature and pressure parameters are met.

  • Control air flow

    Control the flow of air through the compression units by turning on the valves in the correct secquence.

  • Optimise production processes parameters

    Optimise and maintain the parameters of the production process such as flow, temperature or pressure.

  • Operate gas extraction equipment

    Operate the equipment used for oxygen and nitrogen extraction equipment such as compressors, fractionating columns, heat exchangers and purifying towers.

Optional knowledge and skills

conduct performance tests clean equipment clean driers prepare chemical samples mechanics monitor environmental parameters cope with manufacturing deadlines pressure work with hot nitrogen maintain equipment communicate test results to other departments operate hydrogen extraction equipment