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Field Operator Certification

60 days OPE/BO-E
  • New operator recruits in the refining, petrochemical and chemical industries.
  • To provide the knowledge and know-how for the specific field operator position. Successful participants will be granted the Professional Certificate "Operator Certification".
Learning Objectives
  • To monitor the facilities in an autonomous way.
  • To make adjustments to meet safety, products quality and environmental protection targets.
  • To perform routine operations safely.
  • To be familiar with special operating procedures.
  • To identify and react to plant failures.
  • To communicate efficiently with colleagues.
Ways and means
  • The training consists of two parts:
  • Part I: Theoretical and knowledge evaluation, conducted in the training facilities.
  • Part II - Practical “on the job training”, carried out on-site.
  • Both parts are delivered in separate alternating modules of 10-15 days each.
  • Este formación se puede proponer en español.
The practical training can vary from 75-100 days, hence the course can last a total of 135-160 days.

Theoretical training (in the training facilities) 55 days
  • Professional basic training (10 days)
  • Physical parameters; liquid vapor equilibria notions; fluid flow; heat transmission; chemistry notions; industrial chemical reactions.
  • Products and processes (10 days)
  • Quality tests, specifications; sampling safety procedures; refining processes; safety aspects; storage tanks, reception and expedition facilities; utilities; environmental protection; energy.
  • Equipment operation and safety (35 days)
  • Static equipment. Representation and operation.
  • Rotating machinery (centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, compressors, steam turbines, electric motors).
  • Thermal equipment (heat exchangers, furnaces, boilers).
  • Instruments, process control.
  • Safety in plant operation.
Practical training (on-site on-the-job training) 75 days
  • Presentation, initial recommendations and safety instructions (10 days)
  • General technical information: presentation of the refinery, main feeds and products.
  • Safety: safety rules, specific instructions, control and protection, prevention, fire extinction exercises.
  • Injury and life saving: preparation of rescuer degree.
  • General training on the job (20 days)
  • On different production units: equipment identification; operation follow-up; identification of the tasks involved, of structures and responsibilities of each member of the shift team.
  • Specific job position study (15 to 25 days)
  • Process, feeds and product characteristics, circuits, material and equipment, control; safety; operational instructions, procedures.
  • Controlled practice in job position (30 to 45 days)
  • Achievement of the various tasks involved in the job, under control of the assigned people of the shift team.
Evaluation process (in the training facilities) 5 days
  • Continuous assessment during training modules. Final assessment at the end of theoretical training.
  • Marks for practical exercises. Marks for technical reports on practical trainings.
  • Personal job-based final report. Final examination to confirm proficiency (knowledge of circuits, equipment and processes, job practice).