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Oil Refinery Operator (STI-ORO-01)


Course Description

Oil refinery operators typically begin their careers in entry-level positions and work their way up through the ranks, often to senior management positions. With a large portion of the industry's workforce currently entering retirement age, there is a huge demand for qualified entry-level refinery operators, and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years.

Very few institutions provide training for entry-level operators. This is a unique, user-friendly program designed for people who have minimal knowledge of the industry, math, physics, or chemistry. The necessary science concepts are built into the program modules.

Job responsibilities for oil refinery operators include ensuring that unit and process systems function properly and in a safe manner. Additional responsibilities include continually monitoring instrumentation and equipment, making periodic adjustments to maintain acceptable ranges for system process variables, and identifying and correcting potential and existing problems to prevent the interruption of system operations.

Upon completing our oil refinery operations training of this program, students are able to:
• Operate oil refinery equipment with safety as the prime consideration
• Monitor and operate common oil refinery equipment and instrumentation
• Make needed adjustments to keep system processes, including flows, temperatures, and pressures, within acceptable ranges
• Detect problems and take corrective action to prevent the interruption of system operations
• Analyze operational trends and take necessary corrective actions
• Employ standard operating procedures to adjust, maintain, start, stop production equipment
• Maintain communication with other operators, maintenance, and management


I. Basic Safety
II. Basic Hazard Communication
III. Basic Lockout-Tagout
IV. Math 1000: Basic Math 1
V. Math 2000: Basic Math 2
VI. Math 2500: Basic Math 3
VII. Applied Physics 1
VIII. Applied Physics 2
IX. Applied Physics 3
X. Heat Exchangers
XI. Lubrication and Bearings
XII. Electrical Safety
XIII. Electricity for Operators and Technicians
XIV. Industrial Valves
XV. Compressed Air
XVI. How to Read Process Drawings
XVII. Basic Process Instrumentation and Control
XVIII. Pump Fundamentals
XIX. Centrifugal Pumps: Operation
XX. Refining 1000: Introduction to Petroleum Refining
XXI. Refining 2000: Distillation Technology
XXII. Refining 3000: Basic Refinery Processes


6 months




To enroll in this program, you should have basic computer skills and a high school diploma or the equivalent.

This program is for you if you seek an entry-level position in the field of biofuel production.





Max Ansari MSEE, P. Eng., First Class Steam Engineer is the instructor for our biofuel education program. He has experience in the operation of large hydrocarbon facilities, such as refineries, and the development of training systems for a multitude of large corporations engaged in complex industrial production processes. Max also has many years of experience as a professor at a community college. He’s taught a multitude of programs in a number of energy fields.


This program does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

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