Date:  May 17, 2024

Tacoma, WA, US, 98421

Job Function:  Refinery
Requisition Number:  4595

Title:  Operator Trainee / Utility Helper

This role in the Operations Department is Union-represented (USW) and is the entry level job classification. Successful candidate will meet the requirements of the Operations Trainee/Utility Helper classification with the desire and aptitude to train, qualify and progress through the different higher permanent classifications within the Operations Department, up to and including, becoming a board operator (Utility Helper, B Helper, Pumper-Gauger, B Operator and A Operator).


The Requirements

  • Legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship.
  • High school graduate or GED. Completion of an Associates degree or vocational training highly desirable.
  • Work experience in a manufacturing environment, petroleum refinery, chemical plant, military fuels management or other related process industry jobs.
  • Application of basic mathematics, conversion factors, and tables/charts is required for each classification.
  • Mechanical aptitude is strongly desirable.
  • A basic understanding of chemistry and physics principles are desirable.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical exam demonstrating good physical condition. Work is mostly out-of-doors, year-around, and around the clock. Frequent climbing of stairs/ladders on tanks and towers, operating valves and considerable walking. Must be able to lift 30-pound load.
  • Pass a pre-employment drug test and participate in a random drug testing program.
  • Obtain a Homeland Security Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Qualify for a respirator SCBA clearance.
  • Experience working rotating shifts is desirable as all employees work rotating shifts, 24 hours/day and 7 days/week.
  • Must be able to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime.
  • Excellent team member characteristics.
  • Capable to comprehend and follow complex procedures in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good communication skills (written, face-to-face, radio, and/or or telephone).
  • Capable to transverse uneven terrain, scaffolding and earthen area.
  • Able to climb ladders, elevated walkways and climb onto rail cars.



  • Load/unload products (asphalt, emulsion, butane, ethanol, biodiesel) at loading racks or railcar facility
  • Operate fired heaters.
  • Blend asphalts, emulsions, and/or motor gasoline to meet specifications per blend orders.
  • Coordinate with process operators, laboratory personnel, scalehouse personnel and truck drivers.
  • Operate water treatment systems and utility systems (N2, cooling towers).
  • Set up crude and/or product transfers to/from the tank farm and process units and to/from the marine dock.
  • Monitor boiler operation for steam production.
  • Operate valves, pumps and other equipment to move crude oil and refined products within the refinery (Valves up to 12-16” size)
  • Monitor processes to ensure production of on-specification petroleum products.
  • Respond to all emergencies. This will require the ability to run to isolation valves and critical equipment in emergency conditions.
  • Become familiar with and capable of using all response and safety equipment used in emergency situations.
  • Coordinate with management/supervision to ensure short-term and long-term orders are meticulously carried out.
  • Coordinate with maintenance personnel to ensure equipment is kept in operating condition.
  • Assist engineering personnel in the design and implementation of modifications to process equipment.
  • Maintain unit records – logs, log books, transfer sheets, etc.
  • Complete and monitor safety permits.


More Good Reasons to work for Par: 

Unique culture

There is nothing ordinary about Par Pacific -- a niche player in the energy space that operates in logistically complex markets. And there's certainly nothing ordinary about Par Pacific people. We are driven, hardworking, entrepreneur-minded professionals that love to win. If that describes you, you'll fit right in.

Location, location, location

Because Par Pacific is located in some of the most beautiful places throughout the country, our employees get to make these places their home and enrich their lives. The office where you'll work is in Tacoma, WA, it's a vibrant area of the city with plenty of places for lunch or to wind down after work with plenty of beautiful scenery to explore.

Opportunistic growth strategy

At Par Pacific, we look for operations with strong fundamentals and great employees who can move a business forward. Our management team has deep experience in the energy industry, as well as in leading mergers, acquisitions, and integrations of newly acquired companies.

Excellent compensation

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a strong comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; a robust allotment of paid time off; a 401(k) with company match; retirement savings plans; educational reimbursement; and more.

The Company

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, owns, manages and maintains interests in energy and infrastructure businesses. We are a growing energy company focused on renewable and conventional fuels in the Western United States. We own and operate refineries in Hawaii, Montana, Washington and Wyoming, with total operating throughput capacity of over 218 Mbpd. Par Pacific owns and operates one of the largest energy networks in Hawaii with 94,000 bpd of operating refining capacity, a logistics system supplying the major islands of the state and 90 retail locations. In the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies, Par Pacific owns and operates 124,000 bpd of combined refining capacity, related multimodal logistics systems, and 31 retail locations. Par Pacific also owns 46% of Laramie Energy, LLC, a natural gas production company with operations and assets concentrated in Western Colorado. Our common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the trading symbol "PARR".

Note: Par Pacific will not accept calls from third-party recruiters. All candidates are required to apply through this web posting.

Par Pacific is an equal opportunity employer. Par Pacific prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable law.



Starting Pay Rate:

$32.60 per hour



Full-time employees (and their families) are offered medical (with prescription), dental, vision, short-term disability, life/AD&D insurance, Flexible Spending Account, and voluntary critical illness/accident insurance. Union employees are eligible for a pension plan and can enroll in our company’s 401k plan. Employees are eligible for Washington State Paid Sick Leave, vacation (after one year of service), and have eleven paid holidays throughout the calendar year.



Nearest Major Market: Tacoma

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