Field Operator Training Course


Who should attend?

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

Level :Knowledge

Prerequisite :
  • To be eligible for this training course, the candidate must have an academic scientific knowledge equivalent to British O levels A or year 13 (UK).
  • Having already been pre-recruited by an Oil & Gas company.
  • Although not mandatory, a technical education is desirable.

Course Content

  • CLASSROOM TRAINING (theoretical & practical)

      • 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 & 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).

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

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.

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 is delivered Vocational Certificate.
  • An expertise confirmed in Field Operator Training Course.
  • Ready-to-use skills.
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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