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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 Campbellton--Miramichi Region
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.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within New Brunswick.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Edmundston--Woodstock Region||<Not assigned>||2011-05-26|
|Saint John--St. Stephen Region||N/A||N/A|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- October 2013 | (PDF, 606 KB)
- September 2013 | (PDF, 439 KB)
- August 2013 | (PDF, 435 KB)
- July 2013 | (PDF, 571 KB)
- June 2013 | (PDF, 266 KB)
- May 2013 | (PDF, 233 KB)
- April 2013 | (PDF, 266 KB)
- March 2013 | (PDF, 233 KB)
- February 2013 | (PDF, 234 KB)
- January 2013 | (PDF, 280 KB)
- Annual Edition 2012 | (PDF, 630 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market NewsWeek of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013
- Theriault & Hachey Peat Moss Limited of Baie-Sainte-Anne received a combined funding of $700,000 from the federal government's Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the provincial government's Miramichi Economic Development and Innovation Fund. The monies will be used to purchase new equipment enabling the company to modernize and expand production capabilities. Theriault & Hachey Peat Moss has operated in the region for 50 years and employs about 70 people.
- The New Brunswick Department of Energy has discovered significant potash reserves in southern NB. The government is engaging industry to see if it is interested in exploring the deposits further. While the world potash market has been experiencing rapid growth, a decision to pull out of a marketing consortium by Rusian producer Uralkali, sent stock prices plumeting in July 2013. However, the NB government is still optimistic that new mining projects can be considered.
- As a result of a prospecting find of volcanic massive sulfide near Bathurst, Gideon Capital Corporation of Toronto has started a new mining company in Bathurst. The company, Bathurst Resources Corporation, currently employs a geologist and two prospectors, but general manager Peter Gummer expects that the number of employees will increase as the project grows. The goal of the company is to find the source of the volcanic massive sulfide and create a mine in the area.
- Jiffy Products (N.B.) Limited of Shippagan has received a repayable loan of $ 500,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and $ 250,000 from the government of New Brunswick for the acquisition of new technology to increase productivity. The company, which manufactures pots and pellets made from peat, as well as other horticultural products employs 292 people. An additional 12 jobs will be created at the plant. Jiffy Products has been in Shippagan since 1976.
- Premier Tech Horticulture will create 33 full-time jobs in Rexton. The company is expanding its operations in Rexton with a new plant integrating new technologies in peat moss extraction. The federal government is providing a repayable contribution of $1.5M and the New Brunswick government is providing $500,000. Invest NB will also provide $500,000 in the form of payroll rebates. Premier Tech Horticulture operates in 20 countries and employs 2,500 people.
- The tungsten and molybdenum mine proposed for development at Sisson Brook, located northwest of Fredericton, would create 200 to 300 full-time jobs over the 27-year life span of the mine. The project proposed by Northcliff Resources Limited needs to clear environmental regulations before the company attempts to raise $580M to start production. Should environmental and financial hurdles be cleared, production would begin most likely by the end of 2014.
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