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Oil & Gas Operations & Maintenance
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Petro Star Inc., a subsidiary of ASRC, operates refineries in North Pole and Valdez, serving the needs of Alaskan customers throughout the state.  Our North Pole Refinery built in 1985 is a 22,000 bbl/day facility, producing heating fuel, kerosene, diesel, jet fuels, and asphalt base oil for the Interior and Northern Alaska communities.  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.  Both refineries process North Slope crude oil.

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 Operator Trainee is an hourly position, 7 - 12 hour shifts on and 7 days off working a rotating work schedule. Refinery Operator Trainee reports directly to the on-shift Lead Operator. 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (and other duties as assigned)

  • The trainee program is a three-step process leading from Trainee 1, Trainee 2 and Trainee 3. Trainee 3’s that successfully complete their training program will have an opportunity to advance to the Operator 1 position.
  • Learn the refinery hazards, safety procedures, distillation process, and the various components that make up the refinery.  During the course of the one-year training period, trainees will be provided with training regarding the plant’s hazards, safety procedures, and educational materials explaining the distillation process and various components that make up the refinery.  The trainee will be tested quarterly for comprehension of assigned training curriculum. 
  • Operators and trainees will work side by side on a 12 hour 7 days on / 7 days off work schedule.  The trainee will help cover shifts and may not follow the typical shift rotation of one shift of days and one shift of nights.  Together, the operators and trainees will constitute a “shift” and be responsible for all aspects of the refinery’s operation, ranging from housekeeping and maintenance of the unit and property, to operation of the process unit during steady state conditions, start-ups/shutdowns, and process upsets.
  • While personal safety and safe operation of the refinery are the most important goals, trainees will be expected to participate in all new construction projects and turnarounds (maintenance work undertaken while the process unit is offline).  Many times this work will fall on non shift days, and while Petro Star will not usually require you to work overtime, you should be willing to work a reasonable amount of O/T if requested.



  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid Driver’s License; will be required to drive company vehicles.  CDL is not required.
  • Minimum of two years of any type of work experience. Military experience is counted as work experience.
  • Candidates must demonstrate personal commitment to Incident and Injury Free Operations with a proven track record in Safety and Reliability.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer tools.
  • Ability to quickly grasp and master complex ideas and procedures.
  • Ability to work and function well with other people in a team environment.
  • Ability to follow instructions.


  • Process technology AA Degree preferred.
  • Engineering, mechanical, pipe welding, environmental, instrumentation, refining experience or construction skills are beneficial but not required. 


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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