Refinery Inspector

Visit petroleum refineries to ensure that machinery is properly certified.
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Salary Range
$38,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Refinery Inspectors do?

Refineries process petroleum, turning it into useable products such as kerosene, lubricating oils, or gasoline. This is big business—and one that consumers rely heavily on. In order for the process to work, employees and equipment both play key roles. As a Refinery Inspector, you make sure they both do their jobs safely and efficiently.

A Refinery Inspector can spend their days at the refinery, watching the process. They ensure that employees are properly certified and capable of performing their jobs. Sometimes, this means offering training advice on different ways to do things. In addition to teaching, the Refinery Inspector also enforces the codes of the industry, which means implementing disciplinary action when proper procedure is ignored.

Although you might butt heads occasionally, most workers, Managers, and owners want to make the process as safe as possible, so they welcome your expertise. They open their doors and allow you to inspect the heaters, boilers, tanks, and pipes within the facility. After all, you’re not only an expert on the process, but also on the industry standards and proper uses of the equipment. And you’re not just responsible for the workings of one plant, but many.

So, while each day brings a new environment, different faces, and a bit of adventure, at the end of the day, your detailed reports spell the difference between a safe, efficient environment and one that could injure workers or cause environmental disaster.


Should I be a Refinery Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Refinery Inspector

    Most Refinery Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9foaaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%287%25%29|associate%27s+%2818%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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