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Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators  (NOC 9232)
Annapolis Valley Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators monitor and operate petroleum, petrochemical and chemical plants and monitor, adjust and maintain processing units and equipment in these plants. They are employed by petroleum and natural gas processing, pipeline and petrochemical companies, industrial, agricultural and specialty chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

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Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate electronic or computerized control panel from a central control room to monitor and optimize physical and chemical processes for several processing units
  • Control process start-up, shut-down and troubleshooting
  • Monitor outside process equipment
  • Adjust equipment, valves, pumps and controls and process equipment
  • Authorize or co-sign maintenance work orders
  • Shut down, isolate and prepare process units or production equipment for maintenance
  • Sample products, perform tests, record data, carry out statistical process control on process operations, and write production logs
  • Develop operator procedures for normal operation, start-up or shut-down of unit
  • Participate in safety audits and programs and provide emergency response when required
  • Ensure adherence to safety and environmental regulations
  • May rotate between different processing units during shift cycles
  • May work in a team with shared supervisory responsibilities and participate in training other workers
  • May be cross-trained in a skilled trade and work in the trade during shift cycles.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Berwick, Bridgetown, Hantsport, Kentville, Middleton, Windsor, Wolfville

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Outlook & Prospects for Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators in Annapolis Valley Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Local Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators in Annapolis Valley Region as well as in the rest of the Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Annapolis Valley Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2011-06-21

Currently the chances of Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Operators finding employment are limited because only a small number of people in this occupation are employed in the local area.

There are very few potential employers noted for this occupational group in our local and surrounding areas.

Although employment opportunities locally are limited, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Operators in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.

Additional information on Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Operators (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.

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