Phillips 66 Process Operator Intern in Billings, Montana


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The Process Operator Intern will shadow and support experienced process operators while effectively following all safety, health, environmental, maintenance, and operation practices and procedures. Typical working conditions include: outside weather and elements, blowing air, heat, noise, vibration and occasionally working from heights and confined spaces. Interns must follow safe work practices including the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Some of the refinery processes involved use hazardous and volatile materials under high temperature and pressure. This is a temporary position for a limited duration of 15 weeks during the summer of 2019.

Responsibilities may include :

  • Demonstrating awareness and commitment to safety
  • Upholding company values, understanding and implementing all relevant company policies and procedures to ensure all work meets the required standard
  • Learning about health, safety and environmental hazards
  • Learning the characteristics of crude (e.g. oil, gas, water, solids)
  • Learning the functions of oil processing equipment
  • Learning to operate process equipment by observing operators, reading procedures, and discussing actions with qualified operators
  • Learning about the overall petroleum refining process
  • Attending daily crew meetings
  • Making rounds and may be asked to assist in taking readings
  • Monitoring normal operational conditions
  • Monitoring the work environment for unusual conditions including, spills, leaks, noises, vibrations and process upsets
  • Monitoring process equipment by watching the process, observing meters/gauges, listening to equipment and completing log sheets
  • Understanding the work authorization permit system
  • Witnessing the hazardous energy control program (e.g. Lock-Out/Tag-Out)
  • Learning how to recognize and report incidents and near-misses
  • Accessing and interpreting graphs or trend data to explore patterns or troubleshoot problems (when possible)
  • Practice emergency preparedness


Basic/Required :

  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Willing and able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC). Note, information regarding TWIC qualification standards may be found at
  • Must be willing and able to read technical procedures and materials in English
  • Must be willing and able to learn computer software associated with process operations
  • Must be willing and able to work in enclosed spaces such as tanks and silos
  • Must be willing and able to work near large, hot, high speed machines
  • Must be willing and able to work around chemicals, including acids and bases
  • Must be willing and able to wear fire retardant clothing and personal protective equipment (such as steel-toe shoes, ear and eye protection)
  • Must be willing and able to maintain your face daily so that a respirator/face mask can seal properly (some examples include being free of facial hair and/or clean shaven)
  • Must be willing and able to work with petroleum products that are under high pressure and heat
  • Must be willing and able to climb up to 200 feet in height
  • Must be willing and able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Must be willing and able to work outside in harsh weather conditions

Preferred :

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Process Plant Technology degree program
  • 2018/2019 Phillips 66 / Montana State University – Billings Process Technology scholarship recipient

The Billings Refinery is located near the Yellowstone River and is a few blocks from downtown Billings, the largest city in Montana. The refinery primarily processes a mixture of Canadian light crudes, and heavy Canadian high-sulfur and medium-sulfur crudes. These crudes are delivered by the company-operated Glacier pipeline system, which is connected to third-party systems. A delayed coker converts heavy, high-sulfur vacuum residue into higher-value light oils. Gasoline demand is highly seasonal, with peak demand in the summer driving season. Distillate fuel demand is more constant, but generally increases due to seasonal agricultural and mining activity spring through fall, in addition to normal year-round on-road and railroad demand. There is little home heating oil demand in the Billings marketing area, as this need is primarily met with propane, natural gas, and electric power.

Finished petroleum products from the refinery are delivered by the company-operated Yellowstone, Seminoe, Pioneer, and Cheyenne pipelines, and by rail and truck to markets in Montana, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Supplying these geographically distinct markets presents a special challenge due to the variation in gasoline octane and summer vapor pressure specifications from region to region.

Major Products: Gasoline, Diesel, Jet/No.1 fuel oil, Propane, Carbon Black Oil, Fuel Coke, Asphalt Blendstock

Capacities: Crude oil and Other Charge Capacity: 62,000 BPD, Gasoline Production Capacity: 40,000 BPD, Distillate Production Capacity: 20,000 BPD

To be considered :

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of 2/17/2019 .

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Requisition ID: 49203

Department: Billings Refinery

Location: United States - Montana - Billings

Job Field: Operations