Process Operator Training
Process operator training is essential for safe, incident free startup and operation of your plant facilities. Process Technical Services (PTS) can provide skilled instructors to provide process operator training designed specifically for your operations.
PTS’s Process Plant Operation Seminar is an excellent starting point. This is a seminar designed for both operators and production supervision. It describes in detail the fundamental issues that must be addressed by both operators and production supervision if they are to provide safe, efficient, and effective operation of your facilities.
A fundamental requirement in the process operator training program is to have the operator understand the chemistry and physics of the process being operated. Chemical plants and refineries have many operations in common, but they are fundamentally different in the way product is produced. Chemical plants generally feed relatively uniform materials to a reactor to produce a crude product. This crude product is processed to remove unreacted feedstock and then sent through a refining process to eliminate impurities.
On the other hand, a refinery is fed crude oil, a very complex mixture of organic compounds. The first step in a refinery operation is to produce several partially refined product streams that may be further processed in reactors and special refining operations.
In simple terms a chemical plant is fed multiple streams of materials and produces a single product. A petroleum refinery is sent a single stream and produces many products.
The PTS process operator training program is tailored specifically for your process. It is based on your operations and the chemicals and processes being run in your plant.
PTS’s process operator training program emphasizes the safety requirements and hazards associated with the materials being processed. This is important because often operators must obtain samples from the plant to be analyzed in the process laboratory. Special precautions are required, since this is an inherently dangerous operation. Often the samples taken may be at high temperature, under high pressure, flammable, corrosive, and/or highly toxic. Special clothing and safety equipment is required during the sampling operation. It is important that the operators know and understand the hazards associated with these operations.
A key part of the process operator training program deals with emergency situations. What is the operator going to be required to do in specific emergency situations? An operator must know what to do if the reactor losses cooling and begins to overheat. What if a line breaks, valve packing blows out, electrical power is lost, etc. There are numerous emergency situations that can produce disastrous results if not kept under control by the operator.
PTS’s process operator training program also covers the environmental issues and the difficulties that can develop as a result of violating environmental laws. Theoretically, any release of process material to the environment is a potential violation of the law. It is also a potential safety hazard for plant personnel. Any release should be treated as a potential incident and reported to management, so that corrective action can be taken to prevent
PTS can bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to produce an outstanding process operator training program for both operators and plant operating supervision. The operator training program will cover the fundamental physical and chemical aspects of the operation, and the procedures to be followed. It will also cover important safety issues specific to plant operation. Emergency response procedures will be taught, and personal and process safety responsibilities identified.
Most of all, the PTS operator training program will focus on consistent and efficient plant operation and the importance of meeting both production requirements and product quality specifications, while operating the process as efficiently as possible.