What does a Process Operator: Refinery Chemical & Liquid (246F) do?

Power Process Operators for refinery, chemical and liquid processes monitor valves, pumps, and other equipment to make sure the factory is efficient and productive.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Learning about and performing operator duties, outside or in a control room
  • Operating electronic or computerized control panels
  • Reading a variety of instruments to gauge pressure, flow, level, concentration, density etc.
  • Acquiring solid knowledge of chemistry and chemical reactions
  • Adjusting equipment, valves, pumps and controls as well as process equipment
  • Monitoring outside process equipment
  • Sampling, testing and preparing written documents on maintenance as well as process operations
  • Troubleshooting process operations
  • Communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors
  • Working independently or as a member of a team on a variety of different projects and tasks

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma; math and chemistry, and English credits an asset
  • Completion of a 6,480-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Process Operator: Refinery Chemical & Liquid (246F)?

  • Full-time, sometimes in shifts
  • Potential employers include industrial, petroleum, petro-chemical, gas producing, agricultural, and pharmaceutical companies

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $18.00-$24.00 per hour.

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Process Operator: Refinery, Chemical & Liquid (246F)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good attention to detail and perform tasks in an accurate, thorough and methodical way?
Do you enjoy working with your hands using a variety of hand and power tools? Are you precise in your measurements?
Do you enjoy learning about theories, systems and processes?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you enjoy being a part of a process that creates a larger finished product? Do you enjoy seeing your finished project?
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Are you good at Math and performing calculations?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Process Operator: Refinery, Chemical & Liquid Processes may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Quality Control/Testing
  • Instrumentation Mechanic

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