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399212 - Gas or Petroleum Operator


Operates equipment to pump oil and gas from wellheads, and refine and process petroleum products.

Skill Level


Alternative Titles

    • Oil and Gas Well Treatment Operator
    • Oil, Gas and Pipe Tester
    • Petroleum and Gas Refining and Pumping Operator


    • Gas Compressor Turbine Operator
    • Petroleum Blending Plant Operator
    • Petroleum Terminal Plant Operator
    • Refinery Pipeline Operator

Skills Assessment Authority



Not eligible if:

Caveat 10

TSS, ENS - The position is not located in regional Australia (within the meaning of subregulation 5.19(7) of the Regulations).

Caveat 25

TSS, ENS - The position has nominated annual earnings of less than AUD120,000.

Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations

    • 4987-01 Supervisor, Chemical, Petroleum and Gas Plant Operators
    • 4987-13 Petroleum and Gas Plant Operator

Group: 3992 Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators


control the operation of chemical production equipment, pump gas and oil from wellheads, refine and process petroleum products, and operate boilers, turbogenerators and associated plant to generate electrical power.


    • controlling equipment performing continuous and batch processes to process chemicals and natural gas, manufacture refined petroleum products, and blend petroleum base stocks to produce commercial fuels, lubricating oils and asphalt
    • controlling the preparation, measuring and feeding of raw material and processing agents such as catalysts and filtering media into plant
    • patrolling and inspecting equipment to ensure proper operation and setting operating controls on equipment
    • analysing samples and readings and recording test data
    • controlling records of production, quantities transferred and details of blending and pumping operations
    • checking equipment for malfunctions and arranging maintenance
    • operating power generation plant controls to produce required load
    • monitoring operation of power generation plant and interpreting instrument readings
    • authorising procedures to isolate high-voltage and low-voltage electrical apparatus and plant
    • writing reports and maintaining records on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations
    • carrying out routine operating tests

Skill Level

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Occupations in this Group

    • 399211 Chemical Plant Operator
    • 399212 Gas or Petroleum Operator
    • 399213 Power Generation Plant Operator





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