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Become A Terminal Operator

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Working As A Terminal Operator

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $32,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Terminal Operator Do At Kinder Morgan

* Load and unload tank trucks, ships and barges
* Record product temperature and levels in storage tanks
* Climb tank stairs, operate valves and pumps, gauge tanks
* Assist Operations with product transfer alignments including piping, pumps and associated valves
* Perform or assist in the performance of preventive and regular maintenance duties
* Become a member of the Emergency Response Team
* Perform all work in strict accordance with Environmental, Health and Safety policies and procedures
* Perform all work in strict accordance with operating policies, procedures and checklists
* Perform work as assigned and directed by Foreman
* Maintain training in Safety and Hazmat requirements at the facility
* The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed.
* This position may perform other duties as assigned
* Position Requirements

What Does A Terminal Operator Do At Phillips 66

* Ensuring quality and quantity of refined products and/or crude oils.
* Identifying and resolving scheduling conflicts in a timely manner.
* Ensuring timely completion of all required paperwork.
* Staying abreast of changes in operation requirements, policies and processes.
* Performing operational duties in accordance with the Terminal Operating and Procedures and Site Specific Procedures.
* Compliance with all internal and external policies and procedures.
* Responding to emergencies, maintaining emergency equipment and participating in emergency response training and exercises.
* Completing mandated safety and regulatory training (computer-based & instructor led training).
* Monitoring controls and establishing valve line-ups for pipeline delivery and receipts.
* Maintaining effective and professional relationships with customers and responding promptly to their needs.
* Performing environmental and regulatory checks (eliminating, containing and reporting all product seeps and spills).
* Performing security and equipment facility rounds; minimizing downtime and unsafe conditions.
* Assisting with new employee training.
* Completing daily, weekly, monthly and annual inventory reconciliation including; agency and other required reports.
* Performing Lock Out/Tag Out, Hot Work Permits, Excavation Permits, and Confined Space Entry permits for safe and effective execution of work.
* Performing TPIC (Terminal Person In Charge) duties at the marine dock.
* Complying with Waste Management per local Environmental processes in addition to SPCC, DOT, TRRC, USCG and Measurement Manual.
* Acting as Terminal Person in Charge (TPIC).
* Performing work in accordance with Operator Qualifications (OQ’s).
* Qualifications

What Does A Terminal Operator Do At Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc.

* Complies with all state, federal and local legal requirements by helping manage gasoline and diesel inventories.
* Daily paperwork, including but not limited to rail car inspections and daily inspections.
* Perform daily terminal inspections to assure cleanliness and operation efficiency.
* Complies with FRA rules and regulations when it comes to off loading rail cars.
* Perform rail car inspections and able to recognize any issues that may arise from the cars.
* Monitors ALL off-loading procedures within their crew.
* Document all carrier and proprietary related incidents to terminal manager.
* Document and relay Gemini concerns and issues to terminal manager.
* Responds to all emergency related activities at the terminal.
* Responsible for all terminal maintenance and some repairs, which may include but are not limited to painting, cleaning, rail road track maintenance, etc.
* Ensures loading rack is in a good working condition at all times.
* Monitors tank farm on a daily basis for leaks and other possible security purposes.
* Perform daily terminal inspections to assure cleanliness and operation efficiency.
* Back up other terminals for vacation and or emergencies that may arise.
* Provides high level of customer service by relaying any concerns from rail or carriers to terminal manager.
* Maintaining an attitude to provide an environment that supports continuous learning and improvement.
* Ensures a safe working environment for all employees.
* Other duties assigned as needed

What Does A Terminal Operator Do At Tesoro

* Operate in a manner where SAFETY and ENVIRONMENT are of the highest importance.
* Demonstrate performance toward operational excellence.
* Monitor equipment and facility for SAFETY and ENVIRONMENTAL compliance.
* Perform minor maintenance on facility and equipment.
* Complete all applicable documentation and recordkeeping.
* Perform all work in compliance with Company standards, procedures, and regulatory requirements.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Terminal Operator Do At Holcim (Us) Inc.

* Demonstrates a commitment to communicating, improving and adhering to safety policies in all work environments and areas.
* Maintain grounds, offices, warehouse, yard, etc.
* Carry out tasks related to loading/unloading material, both bulk and bagged, for rail, waterway, and road methods of transportation, as appropriate for the specific location.
* Understand and operate truck loading equipment.
* Operate and conduct general maintenance on mobile equipment and assist with general mechanical maintenance.
* Sample product from trucks and barges following company policies.
* Maintain accurate maintenance records on all terminal equipment.
* Perform clerical functions following the established guidelines for the recording of receipts, shipments and inventory records.
* Other duties as assigned.
* Terminal Operators need the ability to communicate with Terminal Managers, customers, sales personnel, trucking firms and suppliers.
* Qualifications

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How To Become A Terminal Operator

Education and training requirements vary by the occupation. Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience in related occupations, such as construction equipment operators or hoist or winch operators.


Although no formal education is usually required, some companies prefer material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma. For crane operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.


Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, such as cranes as compared with industrial trucks such as forklifts. Therefore, the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Learning to operate a forklift or an industrial truck in warehouses, for example, may take only a few days. Training to operate a crane for port operations may take several months. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee.

The International Union of Operating Engineers offers apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators, such as excavating machine operators or crane operators. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with technical instruction.

During their training, material moving machine operators learn a number of safety rules, many of which are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Employers must certify that each operator has received the proper training. Operators who work with hazardous materials receive further specialized training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience working as construction equipment operators or hoist and winch operators. 

Important Qualities

Alertness. Material moving machine operators must be aware of their surroundings while operating machinery.

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Material moving machine operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely. They use hand controls to maneuver their machines through tight spaces, around large objects, and on uneven surfaces.

Mechanical skills. Material moving machine operators make minor adjustments to their machines and perform basic maintenance.

Visual ability. Material moving machine operators must be able to clearly see where they are driving or what they are moving. They must also watch for nearby workers, who may unknowingly be in their path.

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  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • French

  • German

  • Cheyenne

  • Dutch

  • Dakota

  • Croatian

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Top Terminal Operator Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Pipeline Receipts
  3. Facility Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
  • Monitor pipeline receipts and deliveries to local refineries.
  • Maintain facility equipment and complete preventative maintenance on facility equipment.
  • Ensured safe/timely movement of general/hazardous cargo, mail/human remains.
  • Follow company standard operating guidelines for unloading rail cars, product security and work practices.

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