Downstream Field Operator Certification

An established methodology for training operators in Oil & Gas/Chemical industry


Who should attend?

  • This course provides the knowledge and know-how for the specific field operator position.
  • Successful participants will be granted the “Field Operator” Certification.
Public :
  • Newly recruited operators in the refining, petrochemical and chemical industries.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • CLASSROOM TRAINING (theoretical & practical)

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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).

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.

Ways & 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.


  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Vocational Certificate is delivered.
  • An expertise confirmed in Downstream Field Operator .
  • Ready-to-use skills.
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