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New Refinery Board Operator Looking for Training Material

New Refinery Board Operator Looking for Training Material

New Refinery Board Operator Looking for Training Material


I just got brought on to work the control board at our refinery and I'm looking for any good resources that might be out there to help supplement what I'm already being trained on. I don't mind paying for a book or two.

I enjoy learning how things work and why they react the way they do, but a lot of what I'm getting from my training at the moment is learning normal operating conditions in the units and basic moves to make to keep products on spec, emergency procedures, etc. Not a whole lot of thought required most of the time unfortunately, but I keep picking my trainers brain whenever I get a chance. It just seems like most of the operators I'm with tend to know how to make things work, but have trouble explaining the why they make certain moves or run equipment certain ways. I love details and just can't seem to get them sometimes.

At the moment I'm focused on our crude unit which is fairly basic producing LSR, Kerosene, LAGO and ARC. This illustration is fairly similar :Link

If there are any fellow operators out there or process engineers who can think of things they wish they knew or books they could have read when they were starting that would be great. I know the learning process is slow, but I'm enjoying the position so far and am eager to learn more! Thanks for any info.

RE: New Refinery Board Operator Looking for Training Material

to focuse on refinery operation troublshooting see links below

Lieberman's books and if you are newbee in process industry particularly see section 5 "The process engineer's job" here.

Kister's books and particulary this book is extremely worth seeing.

Some generally acknowledged handbooks:
- Perry's Chemical Engineer's Handbook
- GPSA handbook (generally concerned to gas process industry)
- Bloch's and Karassik's Pump Handbooks

For process equipment modelling and calculation there's is a lot of worth sources. Walas&Couper's Chemical Process Equipment can be worth to start with but you should ask here more exactly which type of equipment you are interested in.

There is more useful sources for processes, oil products and it's specifications, markets, economics and so one and one. Ask more exactly. Better questions = better answers.

It's my own advice - start a rule to spend 2-3% of earnings and 2-3 hours free time everyday on professional issues. It's an investment in yourself. You can expect tangible results after 3-5 years.

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