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Oil Refinery Operations

The United States is home to thousands of oil refineries, all of which need experts to run their operations. Oil refinery operators are highly paid and enjoy a stable work environment, and there’s an ongoing need for entry-level personnel. Sounds great, right? The Oil Refinery Operations Online Training Program will teach you everything you need to know to enter the energy industry as an oil refinery operator. Our oil refinery training is unique and user-friendly, designed for people who have minimal knowledge of the industry.

The energy industry is ever-changing, encompassing everything from power plant operations, to petrochemicals like oil and natural gas, to renewable energy sources. Taking an oil refinery operations course offers you a path to a growing sector of the field. A large portion of the workforce is retiring, creating a critical shortage of technical workers for many years to come—which is great for entry-level workers.

Currently very few institutions provide entry-level training and courses in oil refinery operation. At ed2go, our online program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers. You’ll be paired with an instructor for one-on-one feedback, and will receive a certificate at the end of the course to show how much you have learned.

12 Months / 400 Course Hrs
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Oil Refinery Operations

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Oil Refinery Operations Details + Objective

Course Code: GES707

You Will Learn
  • How to operate an oil refinery with safety as the prime consideration.
  • Instrumentation and the operation of equipment.
  • How to keep system process variables, such as flows, temperatures, and pressures, within acceptable ranges.
  • How to detect problems, analyze trends, and take corrective action.
  • How to maintain communication with other operators, maintenance, and management.
How the course is taught
  • This program is entirely online and is self-paced, so you can get ahead while fitting your education into your busy schedule.
  • Upon registering, you're given 12 months to complete this program.
  • No textbooks are required for this program, but you are encouraged to print the on-screen program material for your reference.
How you will benefit
  • You will be prepared for entry-level jobs at oil refinery companies in the United States.
  • You will be awarded an official certificate of completion.
  • You will be able to use our facilitators and career counselors to help you build your resume and to give you advice during your job search.
Oil Refinery Operations Outline
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The course covers the following topics:
  1. Basic Safety
  2. Basic Hazard Communication
  3. Basic Lockout-Tagout
  4. Math 1000: Basic Math 1
  5. Math 2000: Basic Math 2
  6. Math2500: Basic Math 3
  7. Applied Physics 1
  8. Applied Physics 2
  9. Applied Physics 3
  10. Heat Exchangers
  11. Lubrication and Bearings
  12. Electrical Safety
  13. Electricity for Operators and Technicians
  14. Industrial Valves
  15. Compressed Air
  16. How to Read Process Drawings
  17. Basic Process Instrumentation and Control
  18. Pump Fundamentals
  19. Centrifugal Pumps - Operation
  20. Refining 1000: Introduction to Petroleum Refining
  21. Refining 2000: Distillation Technology
  22. Refining 3000: Basic Refinery Processes
Oil Refinery Operations Instructors
Highly Qualified Instructors

This program is supported by a team of highly experienced industry instructors.

Oil Refinery Operations Requirements / Prerequisites

To enroll in this program, you should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the Internet and using e-mail. You should have a high school diploma or the equivalent. This program is for you if you seek entry-level employment in an oil refinery.

This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. To take this program, you'll need access to the Internet (a high-speed connection is recommended). No textbooks are required for this program. You're encouraged to print the on-screen program material for your reference. It's a good idea to go through the printed material prior to job interviews.

More About Oil Refinery Operations

Generally, oil refinery operators enter the workforce in entry-level positions and work their way up, sometimes to senior management positions. In their day-to-day tasks, oil refinery operators have the responsibility to make sure unit and process systems function properly. They consider personnel safety the primary objective and ensure production processes are operating safely. They continually monitor instrumentation and the operation of equipment and make adjustments to keep system process variables within acceptable ranges. Oil refinery operators also detect potential and actual problems and take corrective action to prevent the interruption of system operations. You will learn how to perform all these oil refinery processes in our course, and more.

Oil Refinery Operations Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given twelve months to complete this program.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

No, you must access this program with a PC or IBM-compatible computer.

How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at (855) 534-3690(855) 534-3690 FREE. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

What are the technical requirements for this course?

This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. It is not compatible with Mac. To take this program, you’ll need access to the internet, and a high-speed connection is recommended.

What do OSCA and RSO stand for?

OSCA stands for Occupational Safety Councils of America, an organization that offers training and consultation in the field of workplace safety. OSCA helps develop industry standard best practices and courses such as the Refinery Safety Overview (RSO). Many of the RSO objectives are covered in our comprehensive Oil Refinery Operations Online Training Program.

How much does an operator at a refinery make?

Depending on industry and location, entry-level oil refinery operators can make $13.00 to $20.00 per hour. After a few years of experience, generally the pay range is $18.00 to $35.00 per hour. Benefits are usually above average for workers. Oil refinery operators are rarely laid off, and nearly all regions of the United States have oil or hydrocarbon manufacturing facilities.

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