Date:  Nov 11, 2022

Tacoma, WA, US, 98421

Job Function:  Refinery
Requisition Number:  3069

Title:  Operator Trainee / Utility Helper


Par Pacific is a growth-oriented company that owns and operates market-leading energy and infrastructure businesses in logistically complex markets. Par Pacific combines experience in the oil and gas industry with corporate financing know-how. We bring this unique strength to complex markets where we seek out diamonds in the rough. As a nimble, entrepreneurial organization, we actively pursue new opportunities in response to local market demands and changing external environments.


The Role 
U.S. Oil & Refining, a Par Pacific company, is an industry leader in the production and supply of high-quality motor, aviation and marine fuels and asphalt in the Puget Sound market. We have a refinery capacity of 42,000 bbls per stream day, and total storage capacity of 2.7 million bbls, with 1.4 million bbls of crude and the remainder products. We also offer biofuels in various blends at our loading rack.


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.


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. 

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