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The Top 13 Most Popular Chemical Industry Trades

A Useful List of Top Trades in the Chemical Industry. Did you know, the Chemical Industry is one of the largest manufacturing sectors across developed and emerging countries?

Explore Chemical Industry Careers: Top 13 Trades

The Chemical Industry is responsible for a massive variety of products and offers diverse career opportunities.

This sector is desperate for smart workers. That’s because innovation is key to finding new ways for the industry to satisfy an increasingly sophisticated, demanding and environmentally conscious consumer.

Chemical Industry Learnerships and Apprenticeships

CHIETA is the SETA that funds apprenticeships and learnerships for the chemical industries. Explore their website and contact CHIETA for details. Read more: List of Chemical Industry Qualifications and Learnerships

Explore These 13 Chemical Industry Trades and Career Paths

1. Refrigeration Mechanic

2. Welder Trade Field

A Welder fabricates and repairs metal products using various welding techniques.

Alternative Titles and Specialisations for Welders:

  • Spot Welder Operator
  • Arc Welder
  • Welding Tradesperson
  • Plater-welder
  • Automotive Acetylene and Electrical Welder
  • Brazier
  • Special Class Welder
  • Carbon Dioxide Welder
  • Welding Inspector
  • Solderer and Brazer
  • Plate Layer
  • Electric Arc Welder
  • Flame Cutter
  • Aircraft Welder

3. Boilermaker Careers

Boilermakers make and repairs boilers’ pressure vessels.

Other Titles and Specialisations for Boiler Makers:

  • Boilermaker
  • Boilermaker-welder
  • Plater-boilermaker

4. Rigger Jobs

A Rigger assembles and installs rigging gear such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches. These are then used to lift, lower, move and position equipment, structural steel and other heavy objects.

Other Rigger Titles and Specialisations:

  • Winch Erector
  • Tower Rigger
  • Rigger Ropesman
  • Rigger (Metal Engineering)
  • Construction Cable Layer / Puller
  • Forest / Logging Rigger
  • Scaffolding Rigger
  • Construction Rigger
  • Theatrical Rigger
  • Hoisting Equipment Rigger
  • Ship Rigger
  • Rigger Scaffolder

5. Toolmaker

6. Metal Machinist

Sets up and operates machine tools to shape and form metal stock and castings to fine tolerances, using detailed drawings and specifications.

7. Fitter and Turner

Fits, assembles, grinds and shapes metal parts and sub-assemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.

  • Alternative Titles and Specialisations:
    Industrial Mechanician

8. Automotive Motor Mechanic

Maintains, tests and repairs diesel and petrol road vehicles (less than 8 tons) and the mechanical parts thereof including transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.

Alternative Titles and Specialisations for Automotive Motor Mechanics:

  • Garage Mechanic
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Fuel Injection Pump Mechanic
  • Service Mechanic
  • Automotive Fitter
  • Mechanical Service Advisor (Vehicles)
  • Vehicle Radiator Mechanic
  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Brake and Clutch Mechanic / Repairer / Fitter
  • Patrol Officer Automobile Association
  • Automatic Transmission Mechanic
  • Automotive Surveyor
  • Vehicle Mechanic
  • Air Conditioning Technician (Automotive)
  • Fuel Injection Mechanic
  • Auto Engineer / Mechanic
  • Automotive Mechanician

9. Mechanical Fitter Jobs

Fits and assembles metal parts and sub-assemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.

Alternative Mechanical Fitter Titles and Specialisations:

  • General Fitter
  • Carriage and Wagon Fitter
  • Train Engine Fitter
  • Mechanical Fitter (Machinery) Submarines
  • Maintenance Fitter
  • Machine Fitter
  • Machine Fitter (Including Hydraulics and Pneumatics)
  • Lubrication Equipment Mechanic
  • Mechanical Fitter (Machinery) Ships
  • Wagon Fitter
  • Mining Machinery Fitter
  • Stationary Engine Fitter
  • Machine Fitter (Hydraulics)
  • Marine Pipe Fitter
  • Hydraulic Fitter
  • Marine Fitter

10. Diesel Mechanic Careers

Maintains, tests and repairs commercial vehicles (more than 3 tons GMV) including engines, mechanical parts, transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.

Other Diesel Mechanic Titles and Specialisations:

  • Diesel Fuel Injection Technician
  • Fitter-mechanic Diesel
  • Diesel Injector
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Mechanic
  • Electrical Fitter Diesel
  • Field Service Technician (Diesel)
  • Truck Mechanic

11. Electrician Jobs

Installs, tests, connects, commissions, maintains and modifies electrical equipment, wiring and control systems.

Alternative Titles and Specialisations for Electricians:

See: Electrician Cover Letter Templates and How to Become an Electrician

12. Millwright Career Paths

Installs, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs stationary industrial machinery and electromechanical equipment.

Millwright Titles and Specialisations:

  • Printers Mechanic
  • Machine Tool Millwright
  • Ground Electromechanics
  • Millwright (Electromechanics)
  • Electromechanics

See: Millwright Cover Letter Templates

13. Instrument Mechanician Careers

Installs modifies, maintains and repairs electronic instruments and control systems.

Instrument Mechanician Titles and Specialisations:

  • Scalemaker
  • Electronic Instrument Trades Worker
  • Instrument Maker
  • Meteorological Instrument Maker
  • Instrument Fitter
  • Instrument Mechanician (Process Control Systems)
  • Electronic Repair Technician
  • Instrument Mechanic
  • Scientific Instrument Maker and Repairer
  • Aircraft Instrument Mechanic
  • Industrial Instrument Maker / Repairer / Serviceman
  • Surgical Instrument Maker / Repairer
  • Scale Mechanic Weights and Measures
  • Medical Instrument Repairer
  • Electronic Service Technician
  • Instrument Mechanician (Industrial)
  • Instrument Mechanician (Industrial Instrumentation & Process Control)
  • Electronic Technician (Navy)
  • Survey Instrument / Maker / Repairer / Manufacturer
  • Instrument Mechanician (Process Control)
  • Communication Electronic Technician (Air Force)
  • Instrument and Control Service Person

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