Profession distillation operator
Distillation operators run and oversee the oil distillation process and assist with troubleshooting. They operate distillation equipment to separate intermediate products or impurities from oil. They turn control valves and gauges to attain temperatures, material flow rate, pressure, etc.
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- Realistic / Conventional
The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.
- Maintain distillation equipment
Maintain and repair equipment; identify and report damaged or malfunctioning equipment.
- Set equipment controls
Manipulate equipment controls to produce required volumes and required product quality. Take into account lab recommendations, schedules and test results.
- Clean oil equipment
Clean and sterilise tanks, inflow pipes and production areas; use tools such as scraper, hose and brush; handle chemical solutions.
- Operate distillation equipment
Operate control panels and other distillation equipment, in order to monitor and adjust product flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
- Test oil samples
Analyse oil samples in order to determine characteristics such as consistency, texture, viscosity or concentration. Operate measuring instruments such as pH meters, hydrometers and viscometers.
- Calculate oil deliveries
Make up receipts and calculate deliveries of oil and other petroleum products. Apply standard formulas to calculate test result values.
- Transfer oil
Prepare specific volumes of refined and unrefined materials for storage; transfer materials that require further processing.
- Verify distillation safety
Inspect total amount of oil in storage tanks; ensure safety of distillation activities; ensure compliance to legal regulations.
- Measure oil tank temperatures
Insert thermometers inside oil tanks to obtain temperature information.
- Verify oil circulation
Ensure that incoming and outgoing materials circulate through correct meters; ensure that meters work properly.
- Keep task records
Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.
- Monitor distillation processes
Identify and report problems or potential hazards by monitoring instruments, indicators and meters. Inspect pipelines; lubricate valves or tighten connections if necessary.
- Use a computer
Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.
Optional knowledge and skillsmathematics coordinate oil well operations analyse oil operations data
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