Profession oil refinery control room operator

Oil refinery control room operators perform a range of tasks from the control room of an oil refinery. They monitor the processes through electronic representations shown on monitors, dials, and lights. Control room operators make changes to variables and communicate with other departments to make sure processes keep running smoothly and according to established procedures. They take appropriate actions in case of irregularities or emergencies.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Petroleum

    The various facets of oil: its extraction, processing, constituents, uses, environmental issues, etc.

Skills

  • Monitor equipment

    Monitoring equipment implies watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

  • Manage emergency procedures

    React quickly in case of emergency and set planned emergency procedures in motion.

  • Write production reports

    Make up and complete shift schedules and production reports in a timely manner.

  • Coordinate remote communications

    Direct network and radio communications between different operational units. Receive and transfer further radio or telecom messages or calls. These might include messages from the public, or the emergency services.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Conduct inter-shift communication

    Communicate relevant information about the conditions in the workplace, progress, events, and potential problems to the workers in the next shift.

  • 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.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

Optional knowledge and skills

alkylation petroleum coking techniques hydrocarbon cracking techniques crude oil distillation processes vacuum distillation processes mechanics hydrocarbon isomerisation processes electricity oil sweetening processes

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