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Journeyman Jobs in Refineries

A Journeyman at an oil refinery is responsible for many important jobs. The position is generally a construction-related one that requires experience but not a degree. The position generally is filled by workers who were once apprentices in their chosen field. The position is usually filled by contractors who are hired on by construction companies and who do contract work for the oil companies. The construction work can include everything from repair work to the building of major additions to the oil field worksite, such as camp accommodations and other outbuildings. Journeyman positions can also include site supervisors who oversee the entire construction project on site.

If you want a job as a journeyman, you first have to start out a little lower on the ladder.

The hierarchy of the journeyman position usually looks like this:

Oil Refinery Apprentice Jobs

Workers start out as trainees, learning about the trade they've chosen by training either in classrooms or on site, or a combination of both. The on site training is generally accomplished under the watchful eye of a journeyman trainer. After learning the basics of the trade, workers can move up to the position of Apprentice, with more duties, responsibilities and pay. As an apprentice, you can usually count on being paid a fraction of what a full journeyman would get (usually between 20 and 60 percent). This rate of pay rises as you gain experience and become a long-term member of the team.

Oil Journeyman Jobs

The journeyman is responsible for many specialized duties on the job site and has complete training and /or certification in a particular field such as carpentry or general construction. He is usually regarded as a qualified member of the construction team. Depending on his experience, a journeyman can expect to earn $21 to $30 per hour with living allowances if the work keeps him away from home for long periods of time.

Oil Refinery Foreman Jobs

For those workers who prove themselves as capable workers and move up through the ranks of journeyman positions, the role of Foreman of an oil refinery crew is an important next step. The position is generally filled by journeymen who were promoted by proving themselves to be exceptional leaders. Some responsibilities of the foreman are scheduling tasks and directing the overall jobs worked on by the various workers under his supervision. He also keeps track of work progress, provides reports on work progress to the employer and makes sure that his workers get paid for their work. An oil refinery foreman can expect to earn $45,000 to $70,000 annually with a living allowance paid if the work is long-term or in a remote location.

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