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Field Operator Training Course

Field Operator Training Course

180 days
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?


    • Newly recruited operators in the refining, petrochemical and chemical industries.


  • Foundation
  • This course provides the basic know-how for holding safely and effectively a field technician position.
  • Successful participants will be granted the “Field Operator” Vocational Certificate.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • execute basic monitoring of field equipment, in compliance with Safety and Environmental rules,
  • under shift leader guidance, safely perform all routine operations related to operator duties,
  • communicate effectively with their colleagues within the shift team and at the shift handover.
Course Content

CLASSROOM TRAINING (theoretical & practical)

40 days

  • Module 1: Safety basics, piping
  • Risks of the areas. Preventive actions in place on sites to cover these risks. Collective prevention. PPE.
  • Piping description, basic operation of piping networks and accessories. Equipment isolation. Flex hoses.
  • Module 2: Instrumentation, Schematization
  • Common types/purpose of sensors. Automated valves. Control/Safety loop basics. Instrument field monitoring.
  • PFD. P&ID: symbols, equipment identification, field verification, drawing from field. Isometric diagram highlights.
  • Module 3: Exchangers
  • Most common types of exchangers, role of each component, related risks and safety systems.
  • Control of exchanger status during rounds. Main operating tasks (switch, isolation, commissioning).
  • Module 4: Pumps
  • Pump types, operating principle. Purpose and description of auxiliaries. Risks related to the pump and its environment.
  • Single-stage pump field monitoring. Basic operations (switching, commissioning, de-commissioning).
  • Module 5: Furnaces and Boilers
  • Heater types, operating principle, main characteristics. Operating parameters. Role of each key equipment part.
  • Operating risks, safe behavior. Field monitoring. Normal shutdown/start-up. Identification of abnormal situations.
  • Module 6: Compressors
  • Most common compressor types, purpose and operating principle. Purpose and description of auxiliaries.
  • Field risks. Compressor monitoring. Identification of anomalies. Basic field operations (lubrication, drainage).
  • Module 7: Processes and Products
  • Risks related to processes, operating conditions. Main characteristics of the products present in his sector.
  • Tank monitoring. Basic routine tasks (loading/unloading, purging/venting, sampling, chemicals additivation).
  • Module 8: Steam turbines, Job practice
  • Purpose and operating principle of a steam turbine. Auxiliaries. Basic turbine monitoring. Commissioning/startup.
  • Shift handover (communication, priorities). Field technician rounds (observations, data collection, reporting).


80 days

  • Practical application on the field, during two weeks, of the learnings of each of the classroom modules above.
  • Close supervision of an IFP Training instructor.


55 days

  • Site presentation, safety instructions, main feeds and products, protection and prevention.
  • Field training with the assistance of IFP Training instructor and company mentor:
  • Equipment identification, follow-up of basic operations.
  • Identification of technician tasks and responsibilities, specific company rules and procedures.
  • Process highlights, feeds and product characteristics, process and utility networks.
  • Field basic monitoring of each equipment of the unit.
  • Practice of each basic field operation, under control of the company mentor.


5 days

  • Continuous assessment (in class and on the field) during training modules.
  • Final examination on the field to confirm proficiency (knowledge of circuits, equipment and processes, job practice).
  • Professional behavior assessment.
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Ways & Means
  • Split of training activities between classroom training, OJO (On-the-Job Orientation) and OJT (On-the-Job Training).
  • During classroom training, minimum theoretical lectures, with key-points, and lots of practical exercises, applications and workshops.
  • Observations and work on the field (OJO), with the IFP Training instructor, to apply each topic covered during the course.
  • Assistance of Company mentors for the field parts of the course, followed by the student during his day-to-day activities.
  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Vocational Certificate is obtained.
  • An expertise confirmed in Field Operator Training Course.
  • Ready-to-use skills.