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REFINERY MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR: It's A Very Interesting Field

About this video 

Terry shares his story about being a Maintenance Supervisor at a refinery. He describes a typical day and shares how he found his job. Terry also talks about what he didn't know about working at a refinery earlier in his career, and gives advice on how to find work at a refinery.

Job Title: Maintenance Supervisor
Employer: Chevron Refinery

Job Summary: First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

Job Description

First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

On-the-Job Training

None

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Remote, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, Likes working with hands, People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Mechanics
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