Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

NOC
9232

- Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing

Monitor and operate equipment and processing units in petroleum, petrochemical and chemical plants.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Limited
Limited

3 Year Job Openings

36
 

Median Hourly Wage

N/A

Median Salary

$89,669
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

403
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

77%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Central control and process operators in this unit group 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 and industrial, agricultural and specialty chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Main Duties

Central control and process operators in petroleum, gas and chemical processing perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 operating 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.

Also Known As

  • acid plant operator
  • chemical process operator
  • chemical processing chief technician
  • chlor-alkali plant cell room operator
  • gas field production operator
  • gas plant operator
  • gas recovery operator
  • master operator - chemical processing
  • oil refinery process operator
  • panel operator - chemical processing
  • petroleum process operator
  • pharmaceutical processing operator
  • pipeline compressor station operator
  • process technician - chemical processing
  • refinery process technician
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required. Mathematics, chemistry and physics subjects are often specified.
  • A college diploma in process operation, sciences or a related subject may be required for some positions.
  • Petroleum and chemical process operators and process technicians require completion of several years of formal company training.
  • Experience as a petroleum or chemical process operator in all the operating units controlled by the central control room is required for chief operators.
  • Company certification as a petroleum process operator or technician may be required.
  • A provincial power engineer licence, compressor operator or refrigeration certificate may be required when certain kinds of equipment are included in the process.
  • Certification in the transportation of dangerous goods (TDG), first aid, firefighting, or workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) may be required.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No

Regulation Body

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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7.1%
Female
92.9%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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5.2%
15-24
22.4%
25-34
41.4%
35-44
20.7%
45-54
6.9%
55-64
3.4%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
19.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
17.5%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
57.9%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
5.3%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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45.5%
Manufacturing
23.6%
Wholesale trade
16.4%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
14.5%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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12.30%
Northeast
8.80%
Southeast
75.40%
Southwest
3.50%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$72,036
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
$100,387
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$89,669

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$98,086

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$89,669

Newfoundland

$113,169

Prince Edward Island

$43,292

Nova Scotia

$74,796

Canada

$109,008
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

36
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

40
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

110
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-25
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

135