Noble Oil Service, Inc. Lab Technician/Refinery Operator in Sanford, North Carolina

Controls continuous operation of petroleum processing units to produce VGO by distillation. Employee will be assigned to the lab until training is complete. Once trained, employee will be assigned to a nightshift operator position. Work will be completed in the lab and log rounds will be completed every two hours.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain laboratory supplies to ensure efficiency
  • Resolve problems by examining and evaluating data and selecting corrective steps
  • Analyze multiple samples accurately within a short duration of time
  • Handle petroleum-based products safely
  • Sample liquids and gases, and test products for chemical characteristics and color.
  • Maintain associated documents pertaining to samples for both inbound and outbound liquid waste streams.
  • Prepare fuel delivery tickets with pertinent analysis information.
  • Perform daily routine testing on waste streams including, but not limited to, water percentages by distillation, API gravity by hydrometer, flash point by Pensky-Martens closed cup, total halogens by XRF, metals by AES, PCB’s by gas chromatography (GC).
  • Prepare weekly finished product samples for analysis by outside certified lab. Includes drawing sample, splitting sample, and performing specified tests internally, prepare sample for shipment, and initiate chain of custody forms.
  • Manage and maintain all retained samples for specified time periods.
  • Support refinery operators by performing specific tests on both unprocessed and processed oil running in the refinery
  • Reads processing schedules, operating logs, test results of oil samples, and laboratory recommendations to determine changes in equipment controls required to produce specified quantity and quality of product.
  • Operates controls such as knobs, valves, switches, and levers on control panels to control process variables, such as flows, temperatures, pressures, level, and vacuum by automatic regulation and remote control of processing units, such as heaters, furnaces, compressors, exchangers, reactors, quenchers, and towers. Log monitoring rounds every two hours.
  • Moves controls to regulate valves, pumps, compressors, and auxiliary equipment to direct flow of product.
  • Reads temperature and pressure gauges and flowmeters, records readings, and compiles operating records.
  • Determines malfunctioning units by observing control instruments, such as meters and gauges, or by automatic warning signals, such as lights and sounding of horns.
  • Inspects equipment to determine location and nature of malfunction, such as leaks, breakages, and faulty valves.
  • Patrols unit to verify safe and efficient operating conditions and to verify control panel readings.
  • May inspect and adjust furnaces, heaters, and damper controls.
  • May control activities of several processing units operated in conjunction.
  • Log round every two hours: flows, levels, temperatures, and pressures of flow of used oil through each process stage. Monitor built-in safety devices such as high-temperature limits, high and low-pressure devices, overflow devices, level control devices, fire depression devices.
  • Initiate proper adjustments to flow and temperature controls to maintain safety and quality of oil being processed.
  • Responsible for the quality of finished product being produced which includes sampling and making proper adjustments to stay within set parameters of finished product.
  • Tank farm management (blending, tank monitoring)
  • Assist maintenance team leader with routine maintenance of associated equipment (i.e., tank farm, bulk storage tanks, numerous pipelines with manifold systems, pumps, motors, filtration equipment and process controls)
  • Maintain a clean, organized and efficient work area
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Skills, Experience, or Education Required:

  • 2 years of refinery experience
  • Previous lab, sampling or testing methods a plus
  • Good communication skills, oral, and written
  • Ability to work flexible hours and/or shifts including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders
  • Ability to work at heights reaching 75 feet above grade
  • Ability to work in confined spaces and maintain confined space certification
  • Ability to be fitted for and work wearing full-face respirator
  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • High school degree or equivalent required, college degree preferred
  • Attention to detail required
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work well both within team environment and independently
  • Mechanical aptitude and hand-eye coordination required

“EOE: Veterans/Disabled”

Location: NC - Sanford

Department: 4300 - Lab Operations