WHO WE ARE
PBF Energy (“PBF”) is one of the largest independent petroleum refiners and suppliers of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oil, petrochemical feedstocks, lubricants and other petroleum products in the United States. PBF currently owns and operates five domestic oil refineries and related assets with a combined processing capacity, known as throughput, of approximately 900,000 bpd, and a weighted average Nelson Complexity Index of 12.2. PBF Energy’s refineries are located in California, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.
The Delaware City refinery is located on a 5,000-acre site on the Delaware River, with the ability to accept crude by rail or waterborne cargoes. Delaware City possesses an extensive distribution network of pipelines, barges and tankers, truck and rail for the distribution of its refined products.
STUFF WE MAKE
Delaware City Refinery literally fuels Delaware’s economy and mobility by delivering approximately 70 percent of Delaware’s gasoline consumption, while supplying energy to the nation’s northeast. The facility separates, converts and blends the crude oil that arrives at its piers via ocean-going oil tankers into unbranded transportation fuel:
• Low-Sulfur Diesel
• Jet Fuel
• Heating Oil
• Petroleum Coke and Other Petroleum Products
WHAT ARE YOUR JOB DUTIES?
Working as an Instrumentation Technician Apprentice my job duties consist of calibrating or repairing transmitters for levels, temperature, pressure, flow, PH, oxygen content, and any other device used to measure the process.
I am involved in trouble shooting any of the automation equipment in the plant from the hardware such as valves and probes down to Digital Control Systems (DCS).
WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?
Working at the Delaware City Refining Company (DCRC) is a great next step in my career which will expand my knowledge and skills in the industry. I have skilled trade experience as a Millwright, and was fortunate enough to have previous experience in the Instrumentation field before this job. DCR offered me an Instrumentation apprenticeship which allows me the opportunity to build on my skills and knowledge through additional training besides on the job experience. As a Delaware resident with a few kids, this job is very important to me as I develop a stable career to support my family.
There are varied requirements for the different levels of Instrumentation Technicians as you test your way to the Advanced Skill Knowledge. My trade skill training began at Hodgson Vocational Technical High School as a student. I participated in the NCCER program, which is a partnership with the state, where I earned my Journeyman’s Card as a Millwright. I would say that the requirement for this position, as an apprentice, is to obtain experience in a skilled trade and taking classes to become certified.
Skilled trades are not always just working with your hands, it is more knowledge based, and can require a great deal of patience. Additional skills include, but not limited to:
• Electrical Knowledge
• Mechanical Aptitude
• Knowledge of Physics
• Blue print reading for electrical and P&ID's (piping and instrumentation diagrams)
• Knowledge of system safeties and shutdowns
• Hazard awareness; because this trade requires technicians to often work on live equipment
As an apprentice, I am learning a lot from experienced technicians that will help propel my technical knowledge to the next level. I am a 2nd year Instrumentation Technician Apprentice. From here, I will become a 3rd year Instrumentation Technician Apprentice, and then a General Service Instrumentation Technician. I have many opportunities to grow in the company, but the most direct route would be to strive to become an Advanced Skill Technician, which re-quires vast amounts of knowledge of not only the trade, but also the plant processes, and other related tasks such as utilizing SAP.
$75,000 - $ 76,000 Starter
$78,000 - $ 82,000 Experience
$86,000 Advanced Skill
Lisa J. Lindsey