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Refinery Process Operator

United States - Ohio - Toledo
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Job ID 96513BR Job category Operations Segment Downstream Relocation availableNo Travel required No Closing Date24-Feb-2019

Role synopsis:

The Process Operator’s primary objective is to achieve the safe, environmentally sound, reliable, and optimum operations of their operating area. The Process Operator position involves maintaining, monitoring, and controlling the continuous operations of petroleum refining and process equipment. Including managing emergency situations and use of procedures during an emergency. This job description is intended to provide an overview of the position and does not include all the tasks that might be necessary for operations of the Unit.

Key accountabilities:

  • Ability to work 12-hour rotating shifts which will include weekends and holidays, and must be available for overtime
  • Monitoring, operation, and maintenance of a refinery process unit(s) in a safe and environmentally sound manner
  • Monitoring involves making rounds where equipment is checked for proper operation
  • Responsible for returning the repaired equipment back to service using the appropriate procedure or checklist.
  • Responsible for safely performing minor maintenance in their process as well as oversee the repair of any piece of equipment by the Maintenance Department, by preparing equipment to be worked on and being responsible for the maintenance personnel working in the area
  • Responsible for the safe start-up and shutdown of the equipment in their area.
  • Accurate reading of levels, pressures, temperatures, and any other operational components
  • Maintain compliance with all safety and environmental policies
  • Troubleshoot and correct any deficiencies, known or suspect, with the process/equipment and communicate to management, complete “Trouble-Shooting Guide” as necessary prior to Work Requests being written.
  • Understand written and verbal orders and function as a team member to accomplish the goals of the department and refinery
  • Understands and is compliant with all Control of Work (Cowl) and Process Safety policies and procedures
  • The proper application and use of procedures or checklists while remaining compliant with all matters that relate to Process Safety Management

Essential Education:


  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Required equipment will accommodate a maximum wight of 275lbs.
Preferred: Either a completion of a higher education degree (i.e. Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, etc.), completion of a recognized apprenticeship program, a minimum of two years training in a technical field, military experience, or two years relevant work experience in a refinery or manufacturing environment.

Essential experience and job requirements:

Required: Ability to work rotating 12-hour shifts including days, nights, weekends, holidays and must be available for overtime in an outside all-weather environment. Maximum weight required equipment will accommodate is 275 lbs.

Preferred: Prior experience working in a refinery, chemical plant, power plant or like industry; or military equivalent. Experience with distillation, filtration, separation, blending, storage, shipping and chemical reaction processes.

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location):

  • Must be able to pass physical abilities testing
  • Refer to the essential functions identified for this position

Desirable criteria & qualifications:

  • Ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences to optimize or detect abnormal conditions
  • Identify and assess safety hazards
  • Strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Understanding of physical science, chemistry and mathematics.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task without being distracted.
  • Self-directed worker with positive behavioral attributes.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills essential in order to describe activities to relief personnel, maintain data logs, prepare reports, and other materials as required.
  • Ability to systematically determine the root cause(s) of problems and troubleshooting.
  • Proficient computer skills

About BP:

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. It is the product and service-led arm of BP, made up of three businesses (Fuels, Lubricants, and Petrochemicals).

We aim to run safe and reliable operations across all our businesses, supported by leading brands and technologies, to deliver high-quality products and services that meet our customers’ needs.

Disciplined execution of our strategy is helping improve our underlying performance, capture opportunities for further growth, generate attractive returns and create a more resilient business that is better able to withstand a range of market conditions; and create opportunities for future growth.

The 4,400 employees of BP’s Fuels, North America business refine, store, move, deliver and market a wide range of distinctive and high-quality energy products that drive economic growth. Our U.S. refineries in Indiana, Ohio and Washington have a net daily processing capacity of 746,000 barrels. We manage more than 3,200 miles of pipeline and, through our interest in BP Midstream Partners LP, have an ownership stake in nearly 1,500 additional miles.

We also have a growing network of retail stations that provide fuels and convenience products to consumers at around 7,100 BP- and ARCO-branded sites, and close to 1,000 ampm convenience stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.


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