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Operator Trainee

Richmond, California

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Use your knowledge and skills to help create energy solutions today that forge new paths to the future.

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Operator Trainee

Richmond, California


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Chevron Products Company is accepting online applications for the position of Operator Trainee located at our Richmond Refinery, CA through December 11th, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

Responsibilities for this position may include but are not limited to:

  • Operation of process units utilizing a wide range of control systems and equipment that includes tanks, mixers, heat exchangers, pumps, furnaces and vacuum systems.

  • Operation of manual and automatic valves, meters, pumps and transfer systems that move product between tanks and process units.

  • Comprehensive understanding of refinery policies and procedures and Process and Personal Safety.

  • Housekeeping to maintain a clean work environment and clean equipment such as filters, tanks, exchangers and other equipment.

  • This position requires driving on a routine basis.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent

  • Minimum of two years of any type of work experience. Military experience is counted as work experience.

  • Valid Driver's License. Job necessitates driving on a routine basis.

  • Must be able to work a rotating 12-hour shift (Example: Work for four days, then have three days off, then work three nights), overtime as required Including staying at work for up to 16 hours, weekends/holidays/days off and on-call.

  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including full-body coveralls, protective footwear, hard-hats, hearing protection, eye protection, full-face respirators and/or self-contained breathing apparatus.

  • This is a Safety Sensitive Position. Candidates must demonstrate personal commitment to Incident and Injury Free Operations with a proven track record in Safety and Reliability

  • Candidates must have or be able to obtain a TWIC card within 6 months of employment.

  • Must be able to work at heights with appropriate fall protection, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces.

  • Must be able to work in a high noise environment.

  • Must be able to work outside, with potential exposure to heat, cold, rain, and other weather conditions.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally.

  • Must pass online assessment process*

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years’ work experience in refinery or petrochemical industry

  • Associate's/Technical Degree from a Process Technology Program

  • Regional Occupational Program (Process Plant Operator or Industrial Maintenance Mechanic) certificate completed within the last 2 years.

  • Military work experience

Relocation Options:

Relocation may be considered within Chevron's parameters.

International Considerations:

Expatriate assignments will not be considered.


As part of the application process, you will be required to take an Operations Assessment that measures aptitude and work styles. We recommend you allow approx. 45 minutes to complete the test in one sitting. If you need to exit, your progress will be saved.

You will be immediately directed to the testing portal upon submittal of your application, at which point you will have 72 hours (about 3 days) to complete the online assessment.  

Once complete, your assessment score will be valid for 180 days. Should you re-apply for another Job Requisition within this timeframe that includes the Operations Assessment, you will be required to complete the application process and then click on the assessment link. This will resubmit your previous results.

Chevron's tests are focused on industrial aptitudes. However, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test preparation guides may be helpful in preparation for these tests. Candidates should focus on mechanical aptitude, reading comprehension, understanding information in tables and graphs, and understanding industrial math.

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  • The compensation and reference to benefits for this role are listed in this posting in compliance with applicable law. Please note that the compensation and benefits listed below are only applicable to U.S. payroll offers.

  • The anticipated hourly wage for this position is $39.07 USD. The selected candidate’s compensation will be determined based on their skills, experience, and qualifications.

  • Chevron offers competitive compensation and benefits programs which include, but are not limited to, variable pay, health care coverage, retirement plan, protection coverage, time off and leave programs, training and development opportunities, and a range of allowances connected to specific work situations. Details are available at

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