Refinery Operator Skills & Competencies

Sample Manager's Guide: Refinery Operator

The Manager's Guide to the Refinery Operator Role

This Manager's Guide includes:

  • The complete set of 32 Competencies expected from the role
  • 146 Interview questions for determining a candidate's skill level in each of 32 Competencies
  • 141 Coaching tips for helping incumbent to advance their skills in each of the 32 Competencies
  • 135 Development goals to help measure incumbents' progress in each of the 32 Competencies
  • 311 Recommended resources for progressing education in each of the 32 Competencies
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Roles and Responsibilites

The primary responsibility of the Refinery Operator is oil refining, petrochemicals, and gas processing.

The Refinery Operator operates, monitors, and adjusts refinery equipment systems to process natural gas or petroleum into specified products.

A typical job description for the Refinery Operator role may include:

  • Controls equipment systems that process natural gas or petroleum into specified products.
  • Responsibilities include monitoring pressure and flow and reading gauges and adjusting valves as needed.
  • Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • May have to complete an apprenticeship and/or formal training in area of specialty with 0-2 years of experience in the field.
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field.
  • Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks.
  • Works under general supervision.
  • A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.
  • Typically reports to a supervisor/manager.

Organizational Role

The Refinery Operator typically serves as member of team leadership and is considered a technical professional within the organization. As such, the Refinery Operator provides difficult technical tasks. The organization will depend on this person's implementation experience. The Refinery Operator generally is responsible for self-sufficiency. As such, the Refinery Operator provides small project responsibility. The organization will depend on this person's technical supervision.

Refinery Operator Job Responsibilities

The Refinery Operator generally has the following responsibilities:

  • Operates petroleum refinery equipment and controls the operations of petroleum refining and processing units.
  • Monitors refinery process indicators, instruments, and related meters in order to detect and report any potential problems.
  • Gauges tanks; takes product samples and adjusts equipment operations according to laboratory recommendations on the quantity and quality of refined products.
  • Analyzes work orders/specifications, and prepares equipment and raw materials according to the processing schedule.

Refinery Operator Competencies

The complete Refinery Operator Manager's Guide includes the 32 key competencies expected of Refinery Operator. The report defines each Competency in detail. The report also explains what level of proficiency Refinery Operator should have in that Competency, as well as how important that Competency is to performing the role well.

Among the 32 Competencies for Refinery Operator is...

Materials Handling and Management (Oil and Gas)

You may observe several behaviors in a person that could be strong indicators of his or her capabilities in the Materials Handling and Management (Oil and Gas) competency. The Refinery Operator is expected to demonstrate Extensive experience in the Materials Handling and Management (Oil and Gas) competency. To demonstrate Extensive experience in the Materials Handling and Management (Oil and Gas) competency, one should demonstrate knowledge of materials used in the manufacturing process and of safe practices for physical management and transfer of raw and/or hazardous materials.

  • Describes experiences working with a variety of hazardous materials.
  • Discusses key issues and considerations with designing material handling equipment.
  • Describes experience with materials compatibility, fungibility and segregation.
  • Explains key features and considerations for storage control systems.
  • Develops requirements and procedures for hazardous material handling and transportation safety regulations.
  • Offers safety training specific to the materials used in the oil and gas industry.

REFINING and PROCESSING Skills & Competencies

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