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WaydownSouth
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How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Study IT? Know someone? Asking for a friend


Zanzibaw
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Member since Jun 2016
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
1.) Find plant operator job posting
2.) Apply


notiger1997
Metairie
Member since May 2009
42991 posts

re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Go to Ptech school. Work for a contractor in the plant for a while. Get hired by the plant.

#1 would be to learn what a plant operator job is. Half of the OT seems pretty ignorant on the subject.


TDsngumbo
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Know plant managers.


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bluebarracuda
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
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#1 would be to learn what a plant operator job is. Half of the OT seems pretty ignorant on the subject.



They make sure things don't go boom


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WPBTiger
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
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#1 would be to learn what a plant operator job is. Half of the OT seems pretty ignorant on the subject


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RealityTiger
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Knowing someone certainly helps to get your resume looked at and get an interview. But it is a tough interview and they can spot through the bull shite right away.

It helps to have practical experience. I wouldn't necessarily say P-Tech school is useless, but you will learn so much more out there doing it than studying about it. You can look at different types of valves, compressors, pumps, and study how to measure flow, temp, and pressure all day. But until you know what you're looking at and why, it's just cramming material to pass a test. Once you're out in the field, it all makes sense and you will wish that you would have saved the tens of thousands of dollars you spent on a two year program.


kywildcatfanone
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Take a tech night class on operating a plant. Then apply and rake in the cash, buy an unneeded F350 and enjoy life.


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Popths
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2016
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Years ago it used to be who you knew. Now a P Tech certificate is the coveted ticket. Learning how to impress on an interview wouldn’t hurt.


The Torch
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Pull up to Plant
Walk in

Apply


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Ted2010
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Walk in and frick the supervisor in the ass. That shows them you mean business and won’t take no for an answer.
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hollowpoint
Texas
Member since Sep 2019
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Having a pulse is pretty much the only requirement.


RealityTiger
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
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Learning how to impress on an interview wouldn’t hurt.

Tricks from an insider. This is what they're looking for.

1. You're a team player, and not a selfish son of a bitch. If you're sitting down and a co-worker is doing something, be out there with him (even if it's not your area or you don't think he needs help). If you are training, especially be out there. If he's doing something high risk and says he doesn't need your help, tough shite. You're gonna be out there anyway.
2. Follow procedure. Follow PPE requirements. Never relax on either. You do and will, but nobody needs to know about that, especially in an interview. As far as they know, procedure and rules are the gospel, unless approved to do otherwise by leadership.
3. If you don't know anything, ask. Do not pretend to know. If your first sources blows you off like it's a stupid question and/or you should know, go to a 2nd source. DO NOT just pretend to know and go do it without seeking help. In some cases, that could cost you your life and could create an environmental nightmare and cost you your job with potential jail time.
4. Follow the format for every question of what happened, what you did to resolve or attempt to resolve, and what the end result was. Some are sticklers about this and even if you knock it out the park on giving a real life example to answer the question, they will consider it a shitty answer because you didn't follow up with the format.

5. You do not take risks. You do not lie. You do not bend the rules. You do not cover up for others. You confront somebody when they aren't following the rules even if you're brand new and he/she has been there for 40 years. You are a rat. You are a company man. Even if you detest all of those things, that's what they want to hear from you. As far as they're concerned, you're all of those things. Chances are you will be none of those (hopefully), but again, they don't need to know about it.

6. The plant comes first. If you are doing more than one thing, the process always carries precedence over all other things. You have to prioritize at times, and that's that.

7. Safety first. Safety for you, safety for those around you, and safety for the environment.


I promise anybody, if you follow those, you will knock it out the park.


LoneStar23
Member since Aug 2019
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
If you find a way out of healthcare please save me too


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notiger1997
Metairie
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
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Having a pulse is pretty much the only requirement.


That's cute.


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Puddenn32
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
If you don't wanna go to school for Ptech, try getting on with PSC. It is an entry level job. Mostly loading products into vessels. It gets your foot in the door and gets you great experience. Plants love to hire PSC guys.


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Space Cadet
Member since Sep 2019
195 posts

re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
You have to have clean pee, so it's pretty much impossible.


BoogaBear
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
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You have to have clean pee, so it's pretty much impossible.


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Space Cadet


Checks out


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Jim Rockford
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re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
Sire a hard throwing lefthander. You'll have your pick of operator jobs.


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notiger1997
Metairie
Member since May 2009
42991 posts

re: How does one go about getting a plant operator job?
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You have to have clean pee, so it's pretty much impossible.


It's amazing how many people can't pass a drug test or keep from having a criminal record. Dumbasses could be making good money, but they can't help themselves.


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