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Phillips 66 Operator Trainee, Los Angeles Refinery in Los Angeles, California

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Phillips 66 has more than 140 years of experience in providing the energy that enables people to dream bigger and go farther, faster. We are committed to improving lives, and that is our promise to our employees and our communities. We are sustained by the backgrounds and experiences of our diverse teams, which reflect who we are, the environment we create and how we work together. Our company is built on values of safety, honor and commitment. We call our cultural mindset Our Energy in Action, which we define through four simple, intuitive behaviors: We work for the greater good, create an environment of trust, seek different perspectives and achieve excellence. Phillips 66 was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Employers” in 2021.

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The Operator Trainee will work independently and with other personnel to safely maintain and operate equipment and processes in the Los Angeles Refinery. Some of the processes involved use hazardous and volatile materials under high temperature and pressure. Typical working conditions include: outside weather and elements, blowing air, heat, noise, vibration and occasionally working from heights and confined spaces. Operators must follow safe work practices including the regular wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In addition, Operators perform various duties required to keep their assigned processing unit/area operating safely and at specified production rates.

The tentative start date for this position is January 2024. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Responsibilities May Include:

  • Demonstrating awareness and commitment to safety

  • Maintaining equipment and operations

  • Taking samples/readings of various process streams

  • Operating unit consoles

  • Monitoring and observing assigned area for abnormal conditions and emergency situations

  • Working with outside contractors and agencies

  • Participating in safety reviews, audits, and exercising safe work practices

  • Initiating work orders and permitting for work related to the assigned unit

  • Maintaining proper and safe process operations of the operating equipment

  • Serving on the emergency response fire brigade, rescue team, and/or first responder team

  • Participating in annual refresher training

  • Upholding company values, understanding and implementing all relevant company policies and procedures to ensure all work meets required and established standards

Required Qualifications:

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States without restrictions

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

  • Valid driver’s license

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Willing and able to work a rotating shift schedule, including but not limited to days, nights, weekends, and holidays

  • Willing and able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) in the future if required for unit assignment. Information can be found at

  • Willing and able, with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform/comply with the following:

    • Work overtime

    • Read technical procedures and materials in English

    • Learn computer software associated with process operations

    • Work in enclosed spaces such as tanks and silos

    • Work near large, hot, high speed machines

    • Work near products that are under high pressure and heat

    • Work around chemicals, including acids and bases

    • Wear fire retardant clothing and personal protective equipment (such as steel-toe shoes, ear and eye protection)

    • 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)

    • Climb up to 200 feet in height

    • Lift up to 50 pounds

    • Perform fire fighting duties

    • Work outside in harsh weather conditions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 or more years of direct experience working as a process operator in a refinery, chemical, power, nuclear, wastewater treatment, or other manufacturing industry

  • Associate's Degree or higher in Process Technology from an accredited school

  • Significant Military certifications related to Process Operations

  • Record of formal emergency response training within the last 24 months

The Los Angeles Refinery consists of two linked facilities located five miles apart in Carson and Wilmington, California. The Carson facility processes crude oil, and the Wilmington facility upgrades the intermediate products to finished products. The facilities include crude distillation, naphtha reforming, fluid catalytic cracking, alkylation, hydrocracking and delayed coking units. The refinery processes mainly heavy, high-sulfur crude oil. It receives domestic crude oil by pipeline from California, Canadian crude via rail, and both foreign and domestic crude oil by tanker through a third-party terminal in the Port of Long Beach. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels. The refinery produces CARB-grade gasoline. Other products include petroleum coke. Refined products are distributed to California, Nevada and Arizona by pipeline and truck.


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The starting hourly pay rate for Operator Trainees is $40.13 per hour, with increases generally occurring every 6 months until employees hit the 30 month rate, which is currently $50.86 per hour. The 30 month rate will increase to $52.39 per hour in 2024 and to $54.22 per hour in 2025. Pay is determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

To be Considered for this Position:

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 September 24, 2023 .

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.

This Employer is subject to the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) (LAMC 189.00). This Employer will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Ordinance.

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

Requisition ID: 58191

Location: California - Los Angeles

Job Field: Operations

Division : Los Angeles Refinery

Technical Req : No