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Refinery Operator

    • Job Tracking ID: 512622-687198
    • Job Location: Trainer, PA
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 02, 2019
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
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Job Description:

Key Role Description

Operator may be assigned to one of several positions within the refinery process areas. Specific job tasks vary somewhat from area to area and within each area. These variations are detailed in job specific training.

Operator continuously monitors operation of petroleum refining and processing unit to produce or treat products such as gasoline, gasoline blending components, distillates Diesel and Jet Fuel. Operator acts independently as well as responds to directives to establish operating conditions and valve line-ups necessary to achieve the refinery's operational goals and product specifications.

Essential Responsibilities

* Makes routine Process Unit Rounds and records required data on Round Sheets, and reports process conditions outside of normal ranges.
* Moves and sets controls such as valves, switches and levers to direct the flow of petroleum products and control variables such as temperature, pressure, flow and level.
* Makes regular rounds of assigned unit to verify safe and efficient operating conditions, including the inspection of piping, heat exchangers, pressure vessels & reactors, heaters, and various types of rotating equipment.
* Follows Operating Procedures and/or safe work practices to start-up, shut down, or bypass process equipment and units.
* Reads flow indicators, temperature, pressure, and level gauges, records and/or communicates information about refinery processes with appropriate personnel. Takes immediate action as warranted.
* Samples liquids and gases for lab analysis, and tests routine process samples for such characteristics as temperature, PH and color.
* Determines malfunctioning processes and equipment by observing local indicators or by interpreting warning signals. Reports, troubleshoots, and/or corrects process and mechanical problems.
* Performs minor repairs and maintenance such as lubricating equipment, and notifies maintenance of problems needing more attention.
* Initiates Work Permits and controls maintenance activities in assigned area. Communicates with Maintenance personnel, conducts gas tests, isolates equipment, and issues work permits to ensure repair and maintenance activities can be safely completed.
* Is responsible for reporting and responding to emergencies, such as fires or loss of containment, in assigned area.
* Operates and maintains safety equipment, such as fire monitors, fire extinguishers and self-contained breathing apparatus
* Maintains/controls equipment and materials associated with operating the process unit to ensure an orderly, safe, and environmentally compliant work environment.
* Performs routine communication, data entry, training, requests, and responses using a computer including the use of common and proprietary software, including maintaining accurate time card entries.

Occupational demands:

* The job requires rotating shift work, including working nights, weekends and holidays, in accordance with an established schedule.
* In order to access controls, the worker will walk 100 yards or more at a time on cement, shell, gravel or metal grating surfaces. Surface can be slippery when wet. Depending on conditions in refinery, the worker may walk the entire 12-hour shift. Generally, the worker may sit intermittently for 25% of shift. Standing is required intermittently throughout shift.
* Depending on unit assignment worker will drive motor vehicle to transport people or material to various locations in refinery to support refinery operation and specific job.
* Depending on unit assignment, worker will climb metal grate, railed stairways, portable or permanent ladders, straight ladders or over uneven surfaces such as pipe racks or railcars 4 to 225 feet occasionally throughout the shift. Worker generally climbs about 30% of entire shift. Worker may need to carry tools while climbing. Worker will stand and balance while working at various elevations. Worker may stand and walk for one hour at a time particularly for first round of the shift. In emergency conditions, worker may climb more frequently. Controls must be reset after power outages requiring increased, fast-paced adjustment of controls by worker.
* Constant reaching, handling, grasping, and lifting and carrying are required. Materials, tools and equipment handled may include: 2 to 15 pound wrenches, 35 pound five gallon oil pale or bucket pan, 15 to 20 pound ladder, 20 to 25 pound sample can, rolled hose weighing 30 pounds, pipe of two inches or less in diameter weighing 15 to 20 pounds, "bomb" samples weighing approximately 5 to 10 pounds, 7 to 10 pound one gallon containers, 20 pound flywheel pole, 48 pound extinguisher, 50 pound sack of absorbent material, 50 pound container of distilled water as well as valves, switches and levers of varying size and ease of movement.
* Use of the upper extremities is required to adjust controls, record data, take samples, and perform other job tasks.
* Worker will frequently stoop and bend at the knees and back in order to reach and handle valves and other controls to drain pipes or take readings. The worker will use fine finger motions when handling objects such as small valves, thermometers and handheld computer. The worker will push and pull and use twisting motion of upper body in order to turn valves. On rare occasions, the worker may need to tilt slightly and roll metal drums or a roughly 800 pound fire extinguisher unit or cylinders containing such gases as compressed nitrogen. Assistance would be available except possible in emergency, when the worker would be expected to push and roll a fire extinguisher unit on wheels as much as 50 feet independently. The worker pushes or pulls elevator door using upper extremities.
* An ability to communicate verbally, record technical data in writing and through data entry; smell, hear, use depth perception to judge distances while climbing, visual acuity to monitor and observe gauges and color vision are all required. Visual memory and special ability are necessary to understand the flow of petroleum products throughout unit.
* Mechanical aptitude to understand equipment operation and troubleshoot/correct problems. Color discrimination is required, for example, while taking some samples and while monitoring operations. The worker must have numerical ability to perform basic number operations and ability to use and understand formulas.

Experience and Skills

Education, Experience, and Skill Requirements

Types of training needed:

* Basic Operator Training
* Job Specific Training
* Regulatory HSE Training

Skills and Experience Required for application:

* High School diploma or GED
* Valid Driver’s License
* Technical or associates degree or two years college credit in math, science, skilled trade or craft or previous experience in heavy industrial setting, fuels manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, fuels storage, chemical storage or industrial ship dock loading and unloading

Additional qualities:

* Ability to work independently and as part of a team
* Ability to communicate in writing, over telephone or two-way radio, and face-to-face
* Basic math and reading skills
* Mechanical aptitude
* Basic computer skills including typing, use of email software to receive and write communication, and other software programs for training, data entry, maintenance work requests, warehouse stock orders

Leadership and Teaming Responsibilities

* Actively participate as team member; contribute personal knowledge and experience to team activities
* Assist in process upsets and emergencies in area as training level permits
* Set good example working safely and cooperatively with team members
* Contribute to own and other’s training efforts

Work Environment

25 % Inside Work 75 % Outside Work 25 % Extreme Temperatures
50 % Excessive Noise 25 % Sitting 75 % Standing/Walking
25 % Operating Computer 20 % Lifting 40 lbs. <10 % Traveling
80 % Exposure to Hazards % Other (explain below)

Environmental conditions:

The worker is exposed to climatic conditions in southeast Pennsylvania. When outdoors in the refinery, the worker will be required to wear hard hat, protective shoes, hearing protection, and protective eye wear as well as flame retardant clothing. Specialized gloves or other protective clothing may also be required. For certain tasks, the worker may be required to wear self-contained breathing apparatus weighing approximately 30 pounds. In Alkylation Unit, the worker is required to wear, at a minimum, a hard hat and shield, acid resistant boots and gloves with cuffs. Acid resistant jacket and overalls are required for many tasks performed on the unit. The worker may also be required to wear encapsulated suit including self-contained breathing unit. At times, the worker is required to wear encapsulated suit with tethered air supply. Worker may be required to wear protective gear for up to 5 hours at a time. While wearing this apparatus, the worker may be required to climb. While working at unprotected heights at any location on site, the worker is required to wear fall protection harness.



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