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Operator Trainee

Date: Apr 10, 2019

LOCATION: Commerce City, Colorado (US-CO)

Why you should join us:


Are you focused on safety, do you have a passion for plant operations and are you highly motivated to start a career with us? If so, we have the role for you at our Commerce City refinery where we produce 100,000 barrels-per-day (we’re the only petroleum refinery in the area and one of the largest in the Rocky Mountain region!). Reporting to the Training Supervisor, you will be required to learn the operating responsibilities and layout within a specified unit of our refinery. You will be responsible for maintaining the safe and reliable operation of processes to optimize production in an environmentally responsible manner.


You will use your expertise to:

  • Operate refinery equipment in a safe, efficient manner, according to established refinery practices, procedures and operating guidelines
  • Be an active participant in our Journey to Zero safety initiative
  • Be dedicated to the safety of people, equipment, and the environment and that plant policies are followed
  • Maintain process equipment through application of preventative maintenance and trouble-shooting
  • Oversee the operation and equipment for deviations
  • Monitor and adjust equipment and process variables to maintain safe and environmentally sound operation and ensure product quality
  • Report and appropriately flag all plant-related issues beyond your scope to your leader
  • Perform plant operation duties for smooth and efficient operations and ensure strong communication during shift changes
  • Ensure timely action and process adjustments during plant upsets that are consistent with operational objectives and target outputs
  • Maintain housekeeping in your assigned area at a high level
  • Work collaboratively within diverse groups in a demonstrably efficient and flexible manner

We’d like to review your application if you have…

Must-haves (minimum requirements):

  • Three years of experience in plant operations; preferably in oil field and platform, gas plant, or waste water
  • A High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record
  • Strong commitment to working safely and adhering to safe work practices
  • Zero tolerance for shortcuts and if the procedure is incorrect, you're committed to fixing it
  • Alignment with our values of: safety above all else, respect, raise the bar, commitments matter and do the right thing

Preference for:

  • A college degree or diploma
  • Mechanical (automotive, electrical, construction) experience
  • A certificate in process technology
  • A self-starter with strong communication skills, who is a great teammate and possesses a strong mechanical aptitude for hands-on operation of plant equipment
  • Proven troubleshooting skills with the ability to make timely decisions associated with process upsets
  • Adaptive work style with an ability to handle multiple priorities, challenging demands and function positively in a dynamic work environment
  • A problem solver who constantly ask what could go wrong and check for out-of-the-ordinary conditions and learn to anticipate potential problems
  • Someone who continually seeks greater knowledge about the systems, processes and hazards in the workplace, in order to understand not just what you do but why you do it

Where you’ll be working, your work schedule, and other meaningful information:

  • You will work out of our Commerce City refinery, located at 5455 Brighton Blvd.
  • This position is safety sensitive
  • This is a unionized role and you will be represented by the United Steel Workers Local 12-477
  • The refinery is a 24/7 operation; employees must be willing and able to work a rotating 12-hour shift, including holidays and weekends
  • There is a probationary period associated with this position
  • You thrive in a dynamic environment and will experience short periods of high stress levels due to the wide variety of issues that may require attention at a time

Why Suncor?

Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Suncor Energy Inc., a leading integrated energy company based in Calgary, Canada with a business portfolio that includes oil sands development and upgrading, offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing. Suncor’s downstream business operates four refineries including the Commerce City refinery, the only petroleum refinery in the area and one of the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Our global presence offers rewarding opportunities for you to learn, contribute, and grow in a variety of career-building positions. We live by the value of safety above all else – do it safely, or don’t do it. Our strong track record of growth and a focus on sustainability mean tremendous potential for the future. Learn about our mission, vision and values.

As part of Suncor's team, you'll contribute to the ongoing success of Colorado’s only refinery - one with a solid track record of growth, a focus on safety and sustainability and tremendous potential for the future. And you'll have the opportunity to learn from experts in the industry and build on your skills every day.

We want you to have a job that will fit your life - as well as opportunities to learn and challenge yourself or mentor others. Plus, Suncor Energy offers a flexible employee package that can be adjusted to suit the changing needs of your life, including:

  • Competitive base salary, compensation programs and an annual incentive program
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Flexible benefits package
  • Rewarding pension and savings plans

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We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels valued and respected. We will consider accessibility accommodations to applicants upon request.

Please note that our job postings are typically open for two weeks, so don't delay, apply now.

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