JUST LOOKING, cont.
Usually one or both of these programs are re-run on Sunday around 12 noon or 12:30 pm.
It seems like the least Channel 8 can do since dropping "Woman" programming.
Some fine feminist films are in the area. "Julia" with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave
plays at Galleria 1. "Turning Point" with Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine is at
Leow's Saks. "One Sings, the Other Doesn't" plays at Briargrove 3. Relationships
between women are important in all three, and it is well worth your time and effort
to see real women (for the most part) as opposed to the plastic models we have been
shown on the big screen since the 1940's. Those of us who remember Kathryn Hepburn,
Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, et al. have missed such characters and I for one hope
it is a trend. Movies with themes which make the producers rich are likely to be
repeated. Invest in the future today!
JOB DESCRIPTION: CHEMICAL PLANT OPERATOR
Many thanks to Faye Arceneaux for her generous response to a request for information
about her non-traditional job, as follows:
Here's the paper you requested from me concerning the career I have
chosen to follow. My thanks to you for letting me share it with you and all
your readers. Though brief, I hope any man or woman wanting to get out from
behind a desk and/or typewriter, as I did, finds it both informative and
interesting. Please keep in mind that my experience lies solely with Monsanto,
Chocolate Bayou Plant and may not be the practices of any other company.
Monsanto Chemical Company
There are no basic qualifications of employment for any man or woman
at the Chocolate Bayou Plant such as testing, high school diploma/GED, or
maximum age, but there is a minimum age of 18 and a requirement to pass a
company physical for insurance purposes. Hiring is done simply by exposure
of one person to another by a basic interview method.
Training consists of approximately six weeks of classroom study covering
the basic knowledge of distillation, pumps, turbines, instruments, basic
chemistry and math, accident control, and familiarization of the plant products
and policies. This training period also incDudes important hours of fire-
fighting material, both classroom and actual practice runs with full fire
clothing and equipment used on real fires.
Units within the plant consist of Supervision, Instruments & Electronics,
Maintenance and Operations Personnel. In each unit Operations consists of one
or more Board-Processor(s) and three or more Outside-Processors with rotating
shifts and rotating responsibilities.
Job descriptions may be summarized as follows: The Board-Processor(s)
has overall responsibility of the control board, takes readings on pressures,
levels, temperatures and makes necessary adjustments to any instrument to keep
to product on spec. The Board-Processor(s) may request assistance from any
Outside-Processor and is responsible to know all that is happening in his unit
at all times. Outside-Processors monitor the area of tanks and equipment,
load railcars and/or tank-trucks (if applicable), receives material delivered
to the unit, operates any machinery, such forklift, hoist, etc., as necessary,
monitors the transfer of product from distillation to storage, prepares malfunctioning equipment for maintenance repair and keeps the Board-Processor(s)
informed of all that is happening in the outside area.