Process Plant Operator (Oil and Gas)
Process plant operators in the oil and gas industry control, monitor and maintain the plant machinery and equipment to produce, refine and pump chemicals, oil, gas and petroleum.
Duties & Tasks
Process plant operators in the oil and gas industry may perform the following tasks:
- operate pumping equipment to transfer oil and gas from wellheads to refineries, within refineries or to storage facilities
- control the flow of oil and gas through pipelines
- operate and control equipment to process, manufacture or blend refined oil products, gas and additives into petroleum and gas products, such as LPG, fuels, lubricants and asphalt/bitumen
- set controls and observe gauges and instruments on equipment
- collect, process and analyse samples and record data
- monitor equipment performance for malfunctions, test well pipes for leaks and fractures and request maintenance activities when required.
Process plant operators usually work in remote locations, possibly on a fly-in, fly-out basis, usually flying from a base location to the worksite, where they work for a number of weeks and then return to the base location. Shiftwork may be required.
Process plant operators work in physically challenging environments, with heavy machinery and potentially hazardous chemicals. Strict safety procedures and regulations must be followed to minimise the risk. There is zero tolerance to drugs and alcohol at these worksites and workers may be required to submit to regular testing.
- mechanical aptitude
- able to work as part of a team
- good written and verbal communication skills
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- good mathematical skills
- technical, problem-solving and analytical skills
- computer skills and an aptitude for learning and using new technologies
- good hand-eye coordination.