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Job sheet: Petrochemical Field Operator

Job title
Petrochemical Field Operator

Job description 
Working in a team, to safely operate and produce oil and gas to market specifications.

Qualifications required
Qualifications are learnt on the job through EXITO.

National Qualifications in Energy and Chemical Plant (Process Operations Level 2, 3 and 4) are available for trainee operators.

Training costs
Training is paid for by your employer and an investment from EXITO.

Location of job
Most employment will be found in Taranaki and Marsden Point, but with Oil and Gas exploration taking place in Southland, there is potential for this to expand

Career path

Field Operator
Control Room Operator
Production Team Leader
Operations Support Engineer
OIM (Offshore Installation Manager)
Operations Project (Construction) Rep

Salary range
Trainees begin on around $40,000 and can earn more based on experience, qualifications and level of responsibility.

Other careers this profession could lead to

Healthy and Safety in Employment (HSE) roles
Maintenance Team leader
Construction Engineer 
Industry educator

How to increase the chances of successfully entering this industry

A basic knowledge of chemistry is useful. You need to be physically fit, responsible and be able to follow instructions.

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