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Petroleum Refinery Operator

Job Summary

Responsible for operating petroleum refineries. Maintains safe, reliable, and environmentally sound facility.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure plant is operating efficiently.
  • Analyze specifications and controls.
  • Ensure operation of processing units to produce fuel, kerosene, gasoline, and oils.
  • Perform distillation, absorption, extraction, adsorption, thermal and catalytic cracking and reforming, polymerization, isomerization, coking, visbreaking, and alkylation.
  • Read schedules.
  • Analyze oil samples.
  • Produce laboratory recommendations.
  • Determine quality of product.
  • Move knobs, switches, and levers.
  • Monitor variables such as temperature, pressure, vacuum, and time.
  • Perform automatic regulation.
  • Control units by remote control.
  • Operate heaters, furnaces, compressors, exchangers, reactors, quenchers, stabilizers, fractionators, rechargers, absorbers, strippers, debutanizers, stills, and towers.
  • Regulate pumps and compressors.
  • Perform repairs as necessary.
  • Check for leaks and faulty valves.
  • Patrol units to secure safety.
  • Report malfunctioning equipment.
  • Lubricate and clean equipment.
  • Circulate chemicals in process units.
  • Observe automatic warning signals.

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