Once extracted from geological formations, the oil and natural gas produced goes on to be transformed into a wide variety of products for commercial and consumer consumption. Fuel quality advisors are responsible for developing and ensuring the quality standards for fuels produced by integrated oil and natural gas producers, refiners and marketers.
Fuels quality advisors are responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating quality assurance programs to ensure customer specifications, regulatory requirements and operational targets are met.
Fuels quality advisors are usually industrial, manufacturing or chemical engineers who have developed expertise in quality assurance.
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- Environment Primarily indoor/office work
- Education Post-secondary degree
- Career Demand Limited
In this occupation, activities may include:
- Determining processes and testing requirements to ensure continued quality conformity of fuels produced, marketed, sold and purchased.
- Communicating quality control information to all relevant organizational departments, outside vendors, or contractors.
- Monitoring and and implementing fuels quality regulations in various jurisdictions.
- Developing performance standards and evaluation systems.
- Establishing and conducting quality control programs, operating procedures and control strategies to ensure consistency and adherence to standards for raw materials, products and waste products or emissions.
- Participating in the development of product specifications.
- Coordinating the selection and implementation of quality control equipment, such as inspection gauges.
- Conducting safety, quality, regulatory and production audits.
- Evaluating new testing and sampling methodologies or technologies to determine usefulness.
- Establishing and implementing fuel quality testing program and scheduling.
- Monitor performance of quality control systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
- A bachelor’s degree in industrial or chemical engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.
- Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
- Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.
Nature of work and environment conditions specific to oil and natural gas include:
- Minimal or no travel
- Primarily indoor/office work
- Work not physically demanding
You have a strong understanding of chemistry. You understand production processes and have an understanding of the provincial and federal regulations and policies. You also consider costs and benefits of your actions and choose the most appropriate solution.
- Customer and Personal Service
- Laws and Regulations
- Production and Processing
- Cost Benefit Analysis
- Interpreting Documents/Plans
- Quality Control Analysis
- Systems Evaluation and Analysis
- Complex Problem Solving
- Professional Judgment and Decision Making
- Attention to Detail