Job description Process Control System Operator in Canada

Find out what work is like for a process control system operator in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing (NOC 9232).

Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing


Central control and process operators in petroleum, gas and chemical processing 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 and industrial, agricultural and specialty chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Job duties

  • This group performs 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 operating 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.

Job titles

  • chemical processing chief technician
  • gas plant operator
  • gas recovery operator
  • petroleum process operator
  • pharmaceutical processing operator
  • pipeline compressor station operator
  • master operator - chemical processing
  • acid plant operator
  • panel operator - chemical processing
  • chlor-alkali plant cell room operator
  • chemical process operator
  • chief technician, chemical processing
  • process technician - chemical processing
  • refinery process technician
  • gas field production operator
  • oil refinery process operator

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