Oil Refinery Jobs
Refining oil is a simple process of heating up the oil in the distillation chambers in order to cause separation of the hydrocarbons and to sort them into different categories. Raw oil is pumped out of the ground and is made up of the different hydrocarbons. These are isolated and made into a number of different products. Due to the really high demand of gasoline for transportation, about half of each barrel of crude that is produced is turned into gas.
The important thing about refineries is that they employ people and it is not necessary to have a college or university education to work there.
Oil refinery jobs are broken down into two groups: Engineering and journeyman. The engineering jobs usually require the workers to have a university education or degree in fields such as chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil, software, structural and so on. Some jobs require an advanced degree or four years of education at a university.
Journeyman jobs are usually the construction related jobs that don't require a university education. Experience can be gained by being an apprentice to gain the knowledge to work toward a higher position within the company. Most of these workers are employed by a construction company who is hired by the oil refinery.
An apprentice is a trainee who is working at the job site or in a classroom setting to gain the necessary certificate to become a journeyman. The journeyman is already one who is certified and is regarded as both experienced and qualified in his particular field of work.
A foreman is a journeyman who has proven to be a leader and they usually have some of the administrative duties as well as doing the actual work. The general foreman is the one who has had many years of experience and is usually the one who makes sure that all the equipment and supplies are available to complete the job on schedule.
The site supervisor is the person who is in charge of overseeing the construction project for the contracting company who in turn is hired by the oil refinery.
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