1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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4987-13

      Petroleum and Gas Plant Operator
      Oil and Gas Well Treatment Operator
      Oil, Gas and Pipe Tester
      Petroleum and Gas Refining and Pumping Operator

Operates equipment to pump oil and gas from wellheads and refine and process petroleum products.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • positions and connects plant to wellheads
  • operates pumping equipment to transfer oil and gas from wellheads to refineries, to transfer stocks within refineries and to transfer finished products to terminals
  • controls equipment performing continuous or batch processes to process natural gas, manufacture refined petroleum products or blend petroleum base stocks to produce commercial fuels, lubricating oils and asphalt
  • sets operating controls on equipment
  • observes gauges, instruments and meters indicating operating conditions such as pressure, temperature and rate of flow
  • analyses samples and readings and records test data
  • records details of production, quantities transferred and of blending and pumping operations
  • checks equipment for malfunctions, tests well pipes for leaks and fractures and arranges maintenance
  • liaises with terminal operators to control flow of products to terminals

Specialisations:
Gas Compressor Turbine Operator
Petroleum Blending Plant Operator
Petroleum Terminal Plant Operator
Refinery Pipeline Operator

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