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Bulk Plant Operator

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About This Career

Bulk Plant Operators are employed in a bulk plant, a facility that houses pressure vessels or silos containing various powdered blends of chemicals, drilling fluids, cement, additives and acids used in the oil and gas industry. Bulk Plant Operators are responsible for ensuring the blending of chemicals and other materials is accurate and processed in appropriate amounts. They assist with maintaining a sufficient raw material inventory. They also ensure the plant is in good working order so that the blending of materials can be completed and the products delivered to a work site in a systematic and organized manner.

Bulk Plant Operators must be precise in measuring components used in the mixing and blending operations. Calculating quantities, volumes and weights is an essential part of the job, as is following the company’s mixture requirements.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Blender Operator, Blending Machine Operator, Warehouse Plant Operator

Work Activities
Complying with all applicable ISO procedures.
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Performing all duties in accordance with company safety policies and safe work practices.
Participating in on-site safety and emergency drills.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Coordinating with outside agencies for shipping of in-bound/out-bound products.
Documenting/Recording Information
Completing daily log sheets for bulk plant operations.
Documenting all maintenance activities.
Handling and Moving Objects
Blending and mixing all bulk products for delivery to the well site on time and as per the programmed design.
Packaging bulk, drum and pail products.
Measuring the appropriate amount of raw material to meet order specifications.
Packaging and labelling finished products per the order requirements.
Cleaning the work area daily.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Performing daily inspections of mixing/blending, measuring and materials handling equipment.
Inspecting the work area daily.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources
Assisting with physical inventory counts and processes.
Receiving incoming materials shipments.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating vehicles used for transporting bulk products to the well site.
Utilizing materials handling equipment, such as loaders, forklifts and pallet jacks, to move materials within the plant.
Performing Administrative Activities
Entering production tickets, goods receipts and shipping documentation.
Completing all necessary time sheets, job sheets and other paperwork for billing purposes.
Processing Information
Performing calculations to determine appropriate mixtures, weights and volumes to meet order specifications.
Quality Assurance
Ensuring products are properly loaded for shipment.
Ensuring all materials coming into or leaving the plant are properly documented.
Working with other plant staff and external/third party agents to ensure safe and efficient operations.
Ensuring all additives are properly labeled and stored in a safe manner and that all empty drums and pails are disposed of in the proper manner.
Ensuring that the disposal of materials is handled in a safe manner that complies with environmental standards.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Performing preventative maintenance on plant equipment in accordance with company procedures.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Performing basic troubleshooting on plant equipment.
Attention to Detail
Equipment Selection
Operation Monitoring
Operation and Control
Management of Material Resources
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  • Steeringwheel
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  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
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    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
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Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Forklift Operator


  • Class 5 driver’s licence and a clean driving record

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test