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Oil Refinery Operations   

Learn the skills you need to start work as an in-demand oil refinery operator.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Microsoft Word Online


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. You're encouraged to print the on-screen course material for your reference.

The United States is home to thousands of oil refineries, all of which need experts to run their operations. Oil refinery operators are highly paid and enjoy a stable work environment, and there's an ongoing need for entry-level personnel. Sounds great, right? This online course will teach you everything you need to know to enter the energy industry as an oil refinery operator. The course is unique and user-friendly, designed for people who have minimal knowledge of the industry.

The energy industry is ever-changing, encompassing everything from power plant operations, to petrochemicals like oil and natural gas, to renewable energy sources. Taking an oil refinery operations course offers you a path to a growing sector of the field. A large portion of the workforce is retiring, creating a critical shortage of technical workers for many years to come—which is great for entry-level workers.

Currently very few institutions provide entry-level training and courses in oil refinery operation. Generally, oil refinery operators enter the workforce in entry-level positions and work their way up, sometimes to senior management positions. In their day-to-day tasks, oil refinery operators have the responsibility to make sure unit and process systems function properly. They consider personnel safety the primary objective and ensure production processes are operating safely. They continually monitor instrumentation and the operation of equipment and make adjustments to keep system process variables within acceptable ranges. Oil refinery operators also detect potential and actual problems and take corrective action to prevent the interruption of system operations. You will learn how to perform all these oil refinery processes and more in this course.

  1. Basic Safety
  2. Basic Hazard Communication
  3. Basic Lockout-Tagout
  4. Math 1000: Basic Math 1
  5. Math 2000: Basic Math 2
  6. Math2500: Basic Math 3
  7. Applied Physics 1
  8. Applied Physics 2
  9. Applied Physics 3
  10. Heat Exchangers
  11. Lubrication and Bearings
  12. Electrical Safety
  13. Electricity for Operators and Technicians
  14. Industrial Valves
  15. Compressed Air
  16. How to Read Process Drawings
  17. Basic Process Instrumentation and Control
  18. Pump Fundamentals
  19. Centrifugal Pumps - Operation
  20. Refining 1000: Introduction to Petroleum Refining
  21. Refining 2000: Distillation Technology
  22. Refining 3000: Basic Refinery Processes

What you will learn

  • Oil Refinery Operations
  • How to operate an oil refinery with safety as the prime consideration
  • Instrumentation and the operation of equipment
  • How to keep system process variables, such as flows, temperatures, and pressures, within acceptable ranges
  • How to detect problems, analyze trends, and take corrective action
  • How to maintain communication with other operators, maintenance, and management

How you will benefit

  • You will be prepared for entry-level jobs at oil refinery companies in the United States
  • You will be awarded an official certificate of completion
  • You will be able to use our facilitators and career counselors to help you build your resume and to give you advice during your job search
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

Industry instructors

This program is supported by a team of highly experienced industry instructors.

  • Oil Refinery Operations
  • Fee: $2,795.00
    Dates: 7/1/2024 - 9/30/2024

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