Gas or Petroleum Operator

Also known as 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.
Training time 12 - 36 months
Average pay $134,299
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,400

What does a Gas or Petroleum Operator do?

  • controlling equipment performing continuous and batch processes to process chemicals and natural gas, manufacture refined petroleum products, and blend petroleum base stocks to produce commercial fuels, lubricating oils and asphalt
  • controlling the preparation, measuring and feeding of raw material and processing agents such as catalysts and filtering media into plant
  • patrolling and inspecting equipment to ensure proper operation and setting operating controls on equipment
  • analysing samples and readings and recording test data
  • controlling records of production, quantities transferred and details of blending and pumping operations
  • checking equipment for malfunctions and arranging maintenance
  • operating power generation plant controls to produce required load
  • monitoring operation of power generation plant and interpreting instrument readings
  • authorising procedures to isolate high-voltage and low-voltage electrical apparatus and plant
  • writing reports and maintaining records on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations


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  • Petroleum Blending Plant Operator
  • Petroleum Terminal Plant Operator
  • Refinery Pipeline Operator

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Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry Operations