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Overview

Gas or Petroleum Operators operate equipment to pump oil and gas from wellheads, and refine and process petroleum products.

Day-to-day

  • controls equipment that performs continuous and batch processes to process natural gas, manufacture refined petroleum products, and blend petroleum base stocks to produce commercial fuels, lubricating oils and asphalt
  • controls the preparation, measuring and feeding of raw material and processing agents into plant
  • patrols and inspects equipment to ensure proper operation and sets operating controls on equipment
  • analyses samples and readings and records test data
  • controls records of production, quantities transferred and details of blending and pumping operations
  • checks equipment for malfunctions and arranges maintenance
  • writes reports and maintains records on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations
  • carries out routine operating tests.

Considerations

  • working outdoors.

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