Senior Operator

Minimum Requirements

1. Completion of Technical Secondary Education (12 years) and higher diploma (ATI graduate or HCT) in relevant field or equivalent.

2. 6 years of operational experience in the Oil & Gas industry and as plant shift operator including 2 years experience in DCS.

3. Good knowledge of written and spoken English, with ability to communicate clearly and concisely on plant radio or other communication means.

Purpose and Scope

To carry out pre-commissioning and commissioning activities on shift of the IGD Trains as per setup procedures under the supervision of the Operation Shift Controller in coordination with the commissioning team and Contractor/Vendor to ensure safe commissioning.

Post commissioning – operates the plant equipment on shift under the supervision of the Operation Shift Controller as directed by the shift supervisor in the control room. This includes identifying maintenance requirements and where immediate action is required, and organising the necessary operations personnel to carry out preparation work.

Coordinates with the Process Shift Controller and supervises the activities during Major Shutdowns. Supervises the re-streaming of the plant equipment as required.

The facilities have three identical trains with a Common utility area as follows: HAP IGL receiving and separation, Feed gas units facilities with, glycol dehydration units, Amine gas treating unit facility, air/nitrogen compressors with complete unit facilities, pipeline pig receiver facility and flares facilities.

Duties Performed

Supervisors and coordinates the operation of plant areas from the field or control room, according to job knowledge /plant manuals and instructions and known operating technical constraints. Maintains continuous liaison with other senior operators to coordinate activities and control of the integrated units. Takes necessary immediate corrective action to prevent production losses.

Maintains continuous radio contact with shift area operators on his assigned plant area to keep them informed of operating conditions, instructs the operators during manual adjustments of equipment and conveys instructions given by the process shift controller. Ensures all equipment are in safe conditions during train trip and subsequently progresses re-streaming as directed.

Participates in the testing of the plant equipment. This includes bypassing trip circuits when individual systems are tested, minimising time of trip negation to ensure plant safety is not jeopardised. An error of judgement during this operation could result in a Train shutdown.

Maintains a control panel log sheet and assists in maintaining a shift log. Maintains telephone /telex contact with ADMA-OPCO/GASCO regarding gas supplies and or other related matters including taking necessary actions to maximise capture.

Maintains accurate records/logs of the trip switches and process alarms when bypassed for maintenance or other activities.

Monitors and coordinates the actions of the shift area operators in the routine operation of the assigned areas to ensure production targets are achieved. Assesses where production constraints exist and implements remedial action to maximize production.

Supervises the activities during a train start up and shutdown to ensure targets are achieved. Identifies source of problem and initiates corrective actions during periods of unstable operations.

Coordinates the testing of the automatic shutdown/protection system. In radio communication with area operator,, bypassing trip circuits when individual systems are tested, closely monitoring plant conditions and ensuring that testing is completed quickly and efficiently to minimise the period instrument protection is negated.

Checks all essential plant equipment in his area during his shift. Checks all area operator logs to ensure that essential information is being correctly recorded and that all operators are aware of the operational changes and their consequences.

Ensures equipment isolation during emergencies, his subordinates have full knowledge of fire fighting and rescue operation with regular training on the use of breathing apparatus and first aid. Promote HSE awareness among his team.

Supervises the safe and efficient operation on the plant in accordance with the agreed safety measures and operational objectives. Applies work procedures and permit to work instructions during maintenance and other activities in his area including detailed complex preparation of the equipment to carry out specialised activities.

Carries out other similar or related duties such as maintaining close liaison with other senior operators to ensure smooth operation of plant activities.

Provides “hands on job” type of training and coaching for all UAE Developees as assigned to him.


Reports to Operation Shift controller.Work according to technical established procedures and approved programmes. Completed work is subject to spot check and direction.

Supervisory Responsability

Supervises: Supervises Area Operators. Average of 5 Operators per shift.