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E-545C - Field Operator Certification

185 days FOPS/BOAGB
Level
Foundation
Audience
  • Newly-hired personnel called on to hold the position of Production Operators in oil and gas production facilities or terminals.
  • Current Production Field Operators in need of knowledge enhancement and skills development.
Purpose
  • This course provides, through a comprehensive practical training, the required technical knowledge and skills to hold the position of Field Operator and to contribute to safe and efficient plant operations in upstream Oil & Gas facilities.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand and explain processes, equipment and machinery,
  • adjust equipment operating parameters as required for safe operation and maintain product quality targets,
  • safely perform routine operations, surveillance of plant equipment and apply special operating procedures,
  • identify and react adequately to plant upsets,
  • demonstrate awareness and concern for good safety practices and procedures,
  • evolve in a multidisciplinary team and communicate effectively.
Prerequisite
  • Pre-recruitment in a petroleum company at an operator position.
Ways and means
  • The training program is customized to your assets specificities. It alternates between classroom lectures and practice on operational site. The alternation can be adapted to local constraints.
Observation
Duration mentioned here does not include OFF periods; training typically extends over one year. Training duration: 37 weeks spread over one year.

Training course: piping, valves, fittings & schematization 10 days
  • Piping, valves check valves filters pressure safety valves
  • Fundamentals of metallurgy, introduction to corrosion
  • Plant drawings: PFD, P&ID reading and mechanical drawings
On the Job Orientation (OJO) 10 days
  • Periods alternating with classroom for 2 to 3 weeks long, carried out on-site under the responsibility of the Company and with mentors nominated within experienced operators of the Company. OJO activities allow participants to acquire hands-on knowledge of actual plant equipment and operating conditions and know-how of equipment operation
  • Identification and study of equipment: routine surveillance and associated operating procedures
  • Operation follow-up, production team organization, familiarization with field operators job duties
Training course: instrumentation, process control & thermal equipment 10 days
  • Sensors, transmitters, control valves, ON / OFF valves
  • Controllers, control loops
  • Heat exchangers
  • Fired heaters and boilers
On the Job Orientation (OJO) 10 days
Training course: rotating machinery & associated drivers 15 days
  • Centrifugal and volumetric pumps
  • Centrifugal and reciprocating compressors
  • Drivers: Electric motors, Gas turbines, Diesel engine
On the Job Orientation (OJO) 10 days
Training course: downhole production, well effluents processing, terminals 25 days
  • Introduction to reservoir and notion of drilling
  • Well completion equipment, notions of well productivity, artificial lift
  • Oil processing
  • Gas processing
  • Produced water and injection water processing
  • Oil storage - Oil & gas metering - Oil & gas transfer operations
  • Process safety systems
On the Job Orientation (OJO) 10 days
Training course: utilities & HSE production operation 10 days
  • Compressed air generation, open drain / closed drain, fuel gas, electrical power generation…
  • Main hazards associated with hydrocarbon processing
  • Risk assessment tools. Job Safety Analysis. Risks in normal production operations
  • Safe isolation of plant and equipment. HSE in maintenance and construction works – Permit to Work System
  • Environmental impact
On the Job Orientation (OJO) 10 days
Training course: operation tutorials, revisions & final written tests 10 days
  • Cases studies and operation tutorials
  • Revisions of the main technical topics covered throughout the theoretical modules
  • Final written exams concluding the theoretical part of the program
On the Job Training (OJT) 50 days
  • On-site training, aiming at providing the specific know-how required for assuming the operator position: process, circuits, plant equipment, instrumentation and process control, operating conditions, risks specific to facilities and safe operating procedures
  • Practice of operator job duties under the supervision of a mentor and the production team
Final assessments & jury 5 days
  • Final oral examinations aiming at assessing the knowledge of the area of OJT assignment (hazards, details of the installations, operating conditions, equipment characteristics, site specificities…) as well as the capability to assume operator duties (routine monitoring, execution of routine and non-routine operations, knowledge of HSE rules and behavior in the event of abnormal conditions and accident…)
  • Preparation of a final OJT report, as a support for the final oral examinations