Refinery Engineer

There are two types of refinery engineers those that focus on the operation processes of refineries and those that focus on the safety of refineries. Refinery engineers who focus on the operation processes of refineries are often called “oil and gas production engineers” and those who focus on the safety of refineries are often referred to as “refinery safety engineers.” Refinery engineers are tasked with designing and developing refineries so that they are producing as much product as possible while operating in an environmentally-friendly manner. They conduct research and implement new systems so that refineries can operate in the most cost-effective and efficient manner and so that refineries are adhering to strict safety rules and regulations. If any processes or procedures are determined to be lacking or faulty refinery engineers work to design better systems. According to refinery engineers work under the strict regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (better known as “OSHA”) to ensure that the materials being processed do not cause an unsafe working environment or a danger to humans or natural resources. Refineries are often inspected by OSHA and other regulatory agencies and if a violation is found refinery engineers are responsible for designing and enacting improvements or changes. Refinery engineers must be licensed engineers and have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering. Most refinery engineers are required to work on-site at refineries but some travel from one location to another on a regular basis. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics refinery engineers typically earn a salary in the range of $43000 to $106000 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $74500
High Salary: $106000
Low Salary: $43000
Tasks: Designs petroleum processing plants.
Creates refinery systems that are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Develops efficient refinery equipment and processes.
Researches the most cost-effective methods for extracting and refining oil and gas from the earth.
Also Called: Oil and Gas Engineer
Petroleum Engineer
Refinery Safety Engineer
Refinery Design Engineer
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