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Field Operator Certification

60 days OPE/BO-E
Level
Foundation
Audience
  • Newly recruited operators in the refining, petrochemical and chemical industries.
Purpose
  • This course provides the knowledge and know-how for the specific field operator position.
  • Successful participants will be granted the “Field Operator” Vocational Certificate.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • monitor the facilities in an autonomous way, in compliance with Safety and Environmental rules,
  • safely perform all routine operations related to operator duties, as well as the key non-routine ones,
  • identify equipment deficiencies, explain their root causes, and take appropriate action,
  • communicate effectively with their colleagues.
Prerequisite
  • Having already been pre-recruited by an Oil & Gas company.
  • Although not mandatory, a technical education is desirable.
Ways and means
  • The training program is structured by alternating:
  • Classroom training (2-week sessions) including theoretical and practical courses.
  • On-The-Job training (typically 1-month sessions) 100% on-site, in their facilities, with instructors’ help.
  • Even during classroom training, lots of practical exercises and applications.
  • Instructors having extensive Oil & Gas downstream experience, helped by company mentors.
  • Continuous assessment completed by a final exam in front of a jury.
Observation
Including classroom training, On-The-Job training and job practice under control, the typical duration of the program is 1 year. Esta formaciĆ³n se puede proponer en espaƱol.Detailed content may be sent on request.

CLASSROOM TRAINING (theoretical & practical) 55 days
  • Professional basic training (10 days)
  • Physical parameters; liquid vapor equilibria notions; fluid flow; heat transmission.
  • Chemistry: basic 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)
  • Pressure vessels (columns, drums, reactors) description and operation.
  • Rotating equipment (centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, compressors, steam turbines, electric motors).
  • Thermal equipment (heat exchangers, furnaces, boilers).
  • Instruments (sensors/actuators), process control.
  • Safety in plant operation.
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING
  • Presentation, initial recommendations and safety instructions
  • 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 protection: preparation of rescuer degree.
  • General training on the job
  • On different production units: equipment identification; operation follow-up.
  • Identification of operator tasks, responsibilities of each member on the shift team.
  • Specific job position study
  • Process, feeds and product characteristics, circuits.
  • Equipment field control; safety; operational instructions, procedures.
  • Controlled practice in job position
  • Achievement of the various tasks involved in the job, under control of the assigned people on the shift team.
KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT 5 days
  • Continuous assessment during training modules. Final written exam at the end of the theoretical training.
  • Rating of practical exercises and on-the-job trainings, based on presentations and written reports.
  • Personal job-based final report, describing assigned unit and operator day-to-day activities, rated.
  • Final examination to confirm proficiency (knowledge of circuits, equipment and processes, job practice).