Controls the operation of petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Monitors process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters to detect and report any possible problems.
- Starts pumps and opens valves or uses automated equipment to regulate the flow of oil in pipelines and into and out of tanks.
- Controls or operates manifold and pumping systems to circulate liquids through a petroleum refinery.
- Operates control panels to coordinate and regulate process variables such as temperature and pressure, and to direct product flow rate, according to process schedules.
- Signals other workers by telephone or radio to operate pumps, open and close valves, and check temperatures.
- Verifies that incoming and outgoing products are moving through the correct meters, and that meters are working properly.
- Operates auxiliary equipment and controls multiple processing units during distilling or treating operations, moving controls that regulate valves, pumps, compressors, and auxiliary equipment.
- Reads automatic gauges at specified intervals to determine the flow rate of oil into or from tanks, and the amount of oil in tanks.
- Plans movement of products through lines to processing, storage, and shipping units, using knowledge of system interconnections and capacities.
- Reads and analyzes specifications, schedules, logs, test results, and laboratory recommendations to determine how to set equipment controls to produce the required qualities and quantities of products.