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CHS Inc. Refinery Operator in McPherson, Kansas

Refinery Operator

Job ID: 6276


McPherson, KS, US, 67460-9402

Date posted: Jun 21, 2022

Employment Type: Hourly

Schedule: Full Time

Job ID: 6276

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States that provides grain, food and energy resources to businesses and consumers around the world. We serve agriculture customers and consumers across the United States and around the world. Most of our 10,000 employees are in the United States, but today we have employees in 19 countries. At CHS, we are creating connections to empower agriculture.


CHS has an exciting opportunity at our Oil Refinery facility in McPherson, Kansas. We are looking for a Refinery Operator to operate and maintain operating unit in a safe and efficient manner and report any variation to the norms established for safe operating procedure. You must be a detail-oriented, results-driven individual with strong mechanical aptitude and a commitment to safety, quality and precision. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with a strong commitment to operational excellence and the ability to work in both a team environment and on self-directed tasks are essential. You must be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.


  • Read meters and gauges or automatic recording devices at specified intervals to verify operating conditions.

  • Record data such as temperature of equipment, hours of operation, fuel consumed, temperature or pressure, water levels, analysis of flue gases, voltage load and generator balance.

  • Adjust manual controls or overrides automatic controls to bring equipment into recommended or prescribed operating ranges, switch to backup equipment or systems, or to shut down equipment as needed.

  • Visually inspect equipment at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment or lubrication.

  • Oil and lubricate equipment.

  • Record operation and maintenance actions taken during shift in operator’s logbook.

  • Maintain communication by radio with other operators, maintenance and engineering personnel as needed to troubleshoot abnormal unit processes.

  • Perform other duties as required.

  • Maintain and promote a strong safety culture and follow all safety policies, procedures and regulations. Identify and communicate workplace hazards and correct or seek assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions.

Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • Minimum skill level of Silver on the Kansas WORKReady! CertificateKANSAS WorkReady! Assessment (workforce-ks.com) (https://workforce-ks.com/services/kansasworkreadyassessment/) or ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Test Site Locator Form (act.org) (https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-job-seekers/shared/test-site-locator-form.html) . PLEASE NOTE - Certificate must be attached to application in order for candidate to be considered.

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Ability to work 12-hour rotating shifts (nights and days), including weekends and holidays. Refinery operations run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year.

  • Ability to follow written procedures and verbal instructions.

  • Proficient understanding and/or ability to learn physical and chemical scientific principles.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to read and interpret gauges to provide detailed written and verbal documentation. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

  • Attain acceptable results on all pre-employment testing and pre-employment background screenings.

Additional Qualifications

  • Additional education, experience and/or training in refinery process technology and/or refinery process systems.

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment, including respirators.

  • Ability to perform physical work in all weather conditions including climb ladders and work to heights of 200 feet.

CHS offers a competitive total compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Company Funded Pension, Profit Sharing, Long and Short Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.