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Experienced Outside Operator

Oil & Gas Operations & Maintenance
23000973 Requisition #
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Petro Star, Inc. was formed in 1984 to fill a unique role in Alaska's petroleum market. Our Valdez Refinery built in 1993 processes 60,000‑bbl/day to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel, jet fuel, JP-8, JP-5, marine diesel, heating fuel and turbine fuel for Alaska’s South Central and South West regions. 


We operate our businesses reliably and efficiently by strategically developing energy resources to meet growing consumer demands.  Petro Star is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and the public, as well as promoting concern and respect for the environment.  As an employer, Petro Star is one of the best companies in Alaska providing tremendous future potential where talented people thrive.

Responsible for monitoring, controlling and conducting activities that pertain to the safe operation of the refinery, taking corrective action when necessary to ensure that all conditions and operations are in compliance with safety, environmental and operating policies and procedures.
Refinery- Experienced Operator is an hourly position, 2 weeks on/2weeks off working a rotating work schedule. Operators report directly to the on-shift Lead Operator. 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (and other duties as assigned)

  • Operate and monitor two or more of the process units utilizing a Distributed Control System (DCS); including the Crude Unit, Diesel Hydrotreater, Hydrogen Plant and Sulfur Recovery Plant according to Process Safety Management (PSM) guidelines and strict compliance to company safety policies and procedures.
  • Read and analyze specifications, schedules, logs, and test results to determine changes to equipment controls required to produce specified product.
  • Operate control panel to coordinate and regulate process variables and to direct product flow rate, according to prescribed schedules.
  • Monitor and adjust unit controls to ensure safe and efficient operating conditions. 
  • Observe instruments, gauges and meters to verify conformance to specified quality and quantity of product. 
  • Work closely with Lead Operator and Shift Superintendent. 
  • Consistently demonstrates a high degree of knowledge in the details of the process units.
  • Monitor TAPS activity and be ready to respond to any operational changes. 
  • Operate heaters, pumps, compressors and other mechanical equipment that process raw          materials, feedstock and product transfers. 
  • Perform other assigned duties such as maintenance, repairs, housekeeping and emergency response requirements 
  • Implementing daily and long term Operation’s Department goals and objectives.
  • Adhere to established operating/maintenance procedures
  • Provide guidance on operational tasks and ensures maintenance work and other tasks are conducted within established plant safe operating practices.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and working telephone.
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years of work experience either as a Process Operator in an oil refinery/petrochemical plant.
  • Must be able to work a rotating 12-hour shift, overtime as required and on-call.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer tools.
  • This is a Safety Sensitive Position. Candidates must demonstrate personal commitment to Incident and Injury Free Operations with a proven track record in Safety and Reliability.


  • Associates /Technical Degree from a Process Technology Program. 
  • Demonstrate ability to be a problem solver. Able to grasp complex issues and apply good problem solving skills to develop recommendations / solutions.
  • Looks for opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Ability to work closely within a group and with other departments to set priorities, coordinate and follow up on operational objectives.
  • Ability to multi-task with changing priorities and assignments.
  • Ability to work with fellow employees and customers with different personalities and traits, demonstrating good judgment and communication.    
  • Instrumentation - Preventive maintenance / Trouble shooting experience. 
  • Experience with all process instrumentation, including DCS and emergency systems (HIPPS and ESD devices). 
  • Experience with Heaters and other fired equipment. (Crude / Asphalt / Hot Oil) - Compliance equipment.
  • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions.

Petro Star Inc., a division of ASRC, is a drug free workplace and pre-employment drug testing is part of the hiring process.

ASRC and its family of companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status or any other legal protected status.  EOE:  M|F|D|V EEO Poster

Petro Star Inc. is the refining division of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, an Inupiat-owned corporation created as a result of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

ASRC's family of companies apply a shareholder preference in employment, to the maximum extent feasible, as authorized by law.


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