Oil Refinery Jobs

Petroleum refining involves processing crude oil at the molecular level into a myriad of marketable end-products and by-products, including gasoline, lubricants, jet fuel, and a wide variety of chemical compounds used in making plastics, nylon, tar, asphalt, and other materials.

In Focus: How Crude Oil is Refined

There are 145 refineries in the United States processing approximately 17 million barrels of oil per day. Many more refineries exist worldwide both in industrialized and developing nations. Petroleum refineries command billions in revenue and offer a wide range of jobs for both college graduates and non-graduates, ranging from chemical engineers and computer professionals to pipefitters and welders. Salaries for refinery jobs are always competitively high and the benefits offered typically include the following:

  • Sick pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance plans
  • Basic life insurance
  • Basic accidental death & dismemberment coverage
  • Short term disability insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Retiree medical account
  • 401K thrift plan with company matching
  • Discounted employee stock purchase plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program

Eligibility for most benefits usually begins on the first day of work. Refineries also offer robust relocation packages whenever necessary, absorbing the cost for travel and lodging. Per Diem pay is common at many refineries on a weekly basis as needed for the position.

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