3134-Petroleum and natural gas refining plant operators

Job Title ( International classification ): 
Petroleum and natural gas refining plant operators
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Job Description: 
Petroleum and natural gas refining plant operators operate and monitor plants and adjust and maintain processing units and equipment which refine, distil and treat petroleum, petroleum-based products and by- products, or natural gas.

Main Tasks include -

  • (a) operating electronic or computerized control panel from a central control room to monitor and optimize physical and chemical processes for several processing units
  • (b) adjusting equipment, valves, pumps, controls and process equipment
  • (c) controlling process start-up and shut-down, troubleshooting and monitoring outside process equipment
  • (d) verifying equipment for malfunctions, testing well pipes for leaks and fractures and arranging for maintenance
  • (e) analyzing sample products, performing tests, recording data and writing production logs.

Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Operator, blender/petroleum and natural gas refining (ethyl)
- Operator, paraffin plant
- Operator, still/petroleum and natural gas refining
- Refinery process technician
- Petroleum process operator


Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Chemical processing plant controllers - 3133
- Chemical products plant and machine operators - 8131

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