Offshore Petroleum Operator Spotlight

On an offshore petroleum production vessel, Offshore Petroleum Operators are the generalists who keep everything moving smoothly, from the rig’s equipment to the oil and gas they’ve come out to sea to find.

What a typical day looks like:

Offshore Production Operators have a wide range of responsibilities that reflects the range of systems that need monitoring and maintenance on a petroleum production vessel. Operators monitor, operate and maintain the rig’s vast network of pipes, pumps, separators, centrifuges, processing units and valves. They operate control panels to regulate variables like temperature and pressure, direct the flow rate of the rig’s product. And they monitor process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters to detect and report any possible problems.

At the end of the day, Offshore Production Operators also have to complete job-related paperwork and other records for themselves and any crew assigned to them.

The kinds of problems Offshore Petroleum Operators solve at work:

Working on-call 24 hours a day, operators have to work for extended periods of time in a working environment that’s exposed to the harsh conditions of the sea. As a result, maintaining the safety of their equipment and themselves is always the most important challenge that Offshore Petroleum Operators face. No wonder, then that testing safety devices is a regular part of the job along with regular emergency drills and safety meetings.

Skills used most on the job:

Offshore Petroleum Operators need to be level-headed professionals who can work as well during scheduled maintenance and routine operations as they do during unpredictable conditions like sudden storms. Together, they form the backbone of offshore operations.

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