Chemical and Energy

Many West Virginia industries are seeking chemical technicians for promising careers as process operators or lab technicians. Chemical plant operators, under the supervision of engineers, run the commercial scale chemical processes and maintain the plant equipment. They are trained to understand how the equipment functions and how process controllers operate.

Chemical laboratory technicians generally work in quality-control labs under the supervision of chemists, where they use laboratory equipment to analyze samples from the chemical processes. Technicians also run lab-scale chemical experiments to help solve plant problems or develop new processes.