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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Operator

NOC #93101

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education High school diploma

Career profile

LNG operators work at shipping terminals and are responsible for monitoring, operating and maintaining the large network of pipes, pumps, processing units and control panels in a natural gas liquefaction plant and loading facility.

LNG operators are critical to ensuring that Canada’s clean natural gas can be exported by ship to markets around the world.

From monitoring gauges and making adjustments to individual pieces of equipment to ensuring the safe and efficient operation of these large, complex natural gas liquefication facilities, LNG operators play a key role in LNG facility operation.

In this occupation, activities may include:

  • Operating electronic or computerized control panel from a central control room to monitor and optimize physical and chemical processes for several processing units
  • Operating control panels to coordinate and regulate process variables such as temperature and pressure, and to direct product flow rate, according to process schedules.
  • Adjusting equipment performance to match operating requirements
  • Ensuring equipment is in good condition and operating properly
  • Monitoring process indicators, instruments, gauges and meters to detect and report any possible problems.


  • A High School Diploma is required with some companies requiring a College Diploma in process operation, sciences or a related subject


  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Environmental operators certification and/or 4th Class Steam Ticket or higher


  • A provincial power engineer licence, EOCP certificate may be required when certain kinds of equipment are included in the process.

Additional Requirements

  • Depending on the company and responsibilities, typical requirements may include:
  • Specific health and safety certifications may be required, determined by location of work and company requirements
  • Experience with process controls systems
  • Minimal or no travel
  • Shiftwork/variable work hours
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Physical work
  • Safety-sensitive environment

You know how to apply the principles, techniques, procedures and equipment of engineering sciences and technology.

  • Application of Engineering Design and Technology
  • Production and Processing
  • Works Safely
  • Promotion of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Interpreting Documents/Plans
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Managing Material Resources
  • Operation and Control
  • Operation Monitoring