A petroleum operator in the oil field repairing wellhead with the wrench wearing orange helmet

Gas and Petroleum Operator

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

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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