Production Operator / Technician

Production Operators / Technicians are responsible for the operation of oil and gas production, utilities and safety systems to ensure that production targets are achieved in a safe and efficient manner.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Operates the plant, utilities and equipment used for processing
  • Oil / Gas Prepares plant and equipment for maintenance
  • Carries out regular site checks and risk assessments before starting work
  • Produces reports on how much oil or gas is being produced
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times
  • Provides support as part of the installation emergency response team

In the industry

Production Operators / Technicians may work directly for an operator or a major contractor, and normally report to the Production Supervisor, or may report to a specific Shift Supervisor on larger installations. This role is vital to the safe and effective delivery of production in the Oil and Gas Industry. This role can be based at either an onshore or offshore production installation.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Recognised Trade Apprenticeship and/or NVQ/SVQ Level 3 certification or equivalent and/or OPITO / ECITB Technician Training Scheme
  • Relevant experience as an offshore production technician
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Experienced in the operation of computerised production management systems

Employers might also look for:

  • Good understanding of industry and HSE practices applicable to job role
  • Practical knowledge and experience of production facilities and plant
  • Good communication skills