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Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators monitor and operate petroleum, petrochemical and chemical plants and monitor, adjust and maintain processing units and equipment in these plants. They are employed by petroleum and natural gas processing, pipeline and petrochemical companies, industrial, agricultural and specialty chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
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- Operate electronic or computerized control panel from a central control room to monitor and optimize physical and chemical processes for several processing units
- Control process start-up, shut-down and troubleshooting
- Monitor outside process equipment
- Adjust equipment, valves, pumps and controls and process equipment
- Authorize or co-sign maintenance work orders
- Shut down, isolate and prepare process units or production equipment for maintenance
- Sample products, perform tests, record data, carry out statistical process control on process operations, and write production logs
- Develop operator procedures for normal operation, start-up or shut-down of unit
- Participate in safety audits and programs and provide emergency response when required
- Ensure adherence to safety and environmental regulations
- May rotate between different processing units during shift cycles
- May work in a team with shared supervisory responsibilities and participate in training other workers
- May be cross-trained in a skilled trade and work in the trade during shift cycles.
Outlook & Prospects for Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators in Newfoundland and Labrador
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- Husky Energy has reached a landmark of 200M barrels of oil from the White Rose field. Drilling has also started on the first gas injection well at the South White Rose and expects to be in full production by 2014.
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board expects the Terra Nova oil field to be operational until 2027, extended from the previous date of 2020, as a result of the extensive upgrades to the life of the project
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- The provincial government and Vale NL Limited announced an amendment to the Voisey's Bay Development Agreement to include an underground mine at Voisey's Bay. Once the mine is sanctioned in 2015, there will be hundreds of construction jobs.
Week of Mar 18 – Mar 22, 2013
- A two-day workshop was held at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's to discuss challenges and new opportunities for research and innovation for onshore and offshore safety for workers
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