Operator Career Summary

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Read here a brief summary about operators career. This information will help you to get better knowldge about this profession.

Operator Career Overview

Operator in itself isn't a profession, there's always a machine operator, a process operator or an (fill in) operator for a more specified task, for example a technical operator. A machine operator is responsible for a machine, while a process operator is responsible for a production process that spans multiple machines.

Because production processes take place on an increasingly large scale and are increasingly automated, the activities of operators increasingly consist of computer work.

As a machine operator however, as a process operator you're also responsible for the repair of minor defects in machines, so you'll probably still need to do the necessary manual work. The main functions of operators are (on a larger or smaller scale) checking the quality of the products and the substances used in the machine (s), setting and adjusting this machine (s) and maintaining and possibly converting the machine (s).

What are the Prospects for Operators?

The labor market perspective is currently reasonable for machine operators to good for process operators. Some companies provide job guarantee training, and with relevant education and experience, you seem to meet the key requirements mentioned in many of the job openings.

For machine operators, there's usually a logical growth to think of into functions for machines that require more knowledge, or to the job of process operator. An obvious growth opportunity for a process operator is then that of a product manager. You can also aspire to a position in a larger factory or other (better paying) sector.



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