Profession refinery shift manager

Refinery shift managers supervise staff, manage plant and equipment, optimise production and ensure safety at the oil refinery on a day-to-day basis.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Chemistry

    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.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

Skills

  • Deal with pressure from unexpected circumstances

    Strive to achieve objectives despite the pressures arising from unexpected factors outside of your control.

  • 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.

  • Verify distillation safety

    Inspect total amount of oil in storage tanks; ensure safety of distillation activities; ensure compliance to legal regulations.

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Present reports

    Display results, statistics and conclusions to an audience in a transparent and straightforward way.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Set equipment controls

    Manipulate equipment controls to produce required volumes and required product quality. Take into account lab recommendations, schedules and test results.

  • Verify oil circulation

    Ensure that incoming and outgoing materials circulate through correct meters; ensure that meters work properly.

  • 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.

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Manage emergency procedures

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

  • 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.

  • Supervise staff

    Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.

Optional knowledge and skills

analyse oil operations data think proactively mathematics identify process improvements operate distillation equipment perform oil tests manage heavy equipment

Common job titles

  • Chemical cleaning supervisor
  • Shift supervisor
  • Terminal supervisor
  • Route operations manager
  • Operations shift supervisor
  • Production (operations) supervisor
  • Process supervisor
  • Shipping lead