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Pumper Trainee

Tesoro, Kenai
Employment type: 
Full time
Operations, Instrumentation, Safety Training, Maintenance, Marketing, Pumps, SAP

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Pumper Trainee

Requisition ID: 58021

Exempt Status: Hourly

Grade: Hourly

Relocation Approved: No


The Pumper Trainee is directly responsible for product movements across the product delivery dock, terminals, pipelines, and tankage. This position is entry to Operations and provides opportunity for promotion to the position of Pumper III. An in-depth working knowledge of the emergency procedures and associated Tank Farm systems is essential. Successful completion of Pumper Trainee training and satisfactory performance are prerequisites to continued employment.

Upon completion of training the Pumper Trainee will be able to control pumps and manifold systems, to circulate crude, semi-processed, and finished petroleum products and water, through storage, and shipping departments of refinery, according to schedules: Reads operating schedules or instructions. Will assist Pumpers in the movement of products through lines to processing units and storage utilizing knowledge of interconnections and capacities of pipelines, valve manifolds, pumps, and tankage. Starts battery of pumps, observes pressure meters and flowmeters. Turns handwheels to open line valves and direct flow of product. Signals by radio to operate pumps in designated units, to open and close pipeline and tank valves, and to gauge, sample and determine temperature of tank contents. Records operating data, such as products and quantities pumped, gauging results and operating time.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Will receive instruction on routine Tank Farm checks.
  • Will receive training on how to gather and record data on Datalogger as a result of Tank Farm activity.
  • Begins learning operation of equipment found in Tank Farm.
  • Performs minor preventative maintenance and care for equipment. (Example: Fill oilers; and perform lubrication and heat checks.)
  • Assist Pumper in lining up product transfers and movements in Tank Farm.

BASIC Qualifications:

Knowledge of Equipment and Tools:

Must have basic knowledge of construction and operating differences of: pumps found in Tank Farm; valves found in Tank Farm; heaters; and tanks. Needs to be able to identify and put to proper application basic wrenches and other hand tools. Should understand the principles of proper operation of electric motors and breakers. Will receive instruction on the proper use of gauging equipment and know its proper care. In addition must be familiar with potential spill hazards, and the job hazards in the areas worked. Will gain knowledge of the power distribution system.

Knowledge of Methods and Processes:

Pumper Trainee will gain knowledge in the following processes and methods used in operating them:

  • Tank Farm distribution systems
  • Retention pond and bio disc
  • 04 Tank/Oil Recovery System
  • Fire Water System
  • Hot Oil Circulation System
  • Truck loading racks
  • Beginning Instrumentation & Process Flow understanding
  • Interpret and read P&ID’s
  • Natural Gas System
  • SAP – will receive instruction on how to write notifications and reservations.
  • Will receive phase-1 EAGLES behavior based safety training.

Knowledge of Materials:

An understanding of components and hazards associated with the hydrocarbons and chemicals dealt with in the Tank Farm is necessary. Flash points, pour and freeze points, explosive limits, vapor pressures, proper handling procedures are indicative of the areas of knowledge the Pumper Trainee must obtain.

Responsibility for Equipment/Materials:

As a Pumper Trainee the incumbent will be under the direction of a Pumper when performing any daily activities.

Responsibility for Others’ Safety & the Environment:

High level of responsibility. Lack of attention or knowledge can cause exposure of other employees to hazardous safety situations and/or possible environmental damage to personnel, land/water, or property.

Degree of Supervision Received:

As an entry level position, it receives a great deal of supervision, as well as ongoing direction from Pumper, Control Center Operator and Tank Farm Supervisor.

Responsibility for Internal Contacts:

Limited: Will maintain timely and accurate communication with Pumper and Control Center Operator. Some contact with third party people and other departments.

Responsibility for External Contacts:

Has some contact with ships, personnel, customers, United States Coast Guard, third party vendors, and contractors.

Worker Function Code: (360)

(3): Compiling in relation to data.

(6): Speaking-signaling in relation to people.

(0): Setting up in relation to things.

Physical Demands:

Heavy Work - Exerting 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess to 20 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Heavy Work.

Job Conditions:

  • Hazards: Moderate - Can be high at times due climate conditions or due incidents resulting in abnormal activity.
  • Physical Surroundings: Work is typically outdoors.
  • Monotony: Operating the dock can be very monotonous at times. While training in the Tank Farm can be repetitious at times, monotony is small due to the constant learning of the various areas and processes within the Tank Farm.

General EDUCATION Development (GED): R-4, M-1, L-3

(4): Reasoning: Apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagrammatic, or schedule form.

(1): Add and subtract two digit numbers. Multiply and divide by 10's and 100's by 2, 3, 4, 5. Perform operations with units such as cup, pint, and quart; inch, foot, and yard; and ounce and pound.

(3): Language: Reading: Read safety rules, instructions in the use and maintenance of shop tools and equipment, and methods and procedures in mechanical drawing and layout work.

Writing: Write reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.

Speaking: Speak using correct English and well-modulated voice.


• High School Diploma or equivalent required.

• A minimum of two (2) years previous experience in a related position dealing with the upstream and/or downstream process in the oil field industry is required.

• 2 year Process Technology degree is preferred.


• Alaska Driver’s License and ability to operate company-controlled vehicle.


• Individual’s work history must indicate a willingness and ability to accept and handle responsibility. Able to read, write, understand and speak English language

Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a leading independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products with a strategically focused presence in the western United States. Tesoro, through our subsidiaries, owns and operates seven refineries with a combined capacity of over 895,000 barrels per day. Our retail-marketing system includes over 2,400 retail stations under the ARCO®, Shell®, Exxon®, Mobil®, USA Gasoline™, Rebel™ and Tesoro® brands. Our full-service logistics business, a master limited partnership formed by Tesoro Corporation as Tesoro Logistics LP (TLLP), owns and operates 4,000 miles of crude oil, refined products and natural gas pipelines; 29 crude oil and refined products truck and marine terminals; 15 million barrels of storage capacity; two crude oil rail facilities; and four natural gas processing complexes. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, our operations span 18 states.

Our strength lies in our investment in employees and in their future. We measure success not only by the products we bring to our customers, or the financial results we deliver to our shareholders, but also by remaining true to our core values of safety and environmental stewardship, respect and integrity.

Discover your strengths and invest in your future by applying today.

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Vet / Disability

Posting Notes: || Kenai || Alaska || United States (US) || SF:LI-JR-1 || |Logistics || 99611 ||