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Petroleum Inspector - Technician

Salary: $18.38-$22.44 hourly / $3,197-$3,903 monthly / Range: 5170

DEFINITION: Under close supervision, to learn to perform a variety of technical field and laboratory tasks related to the enforcement of the County Petroleum Ordinance which regulates onshore petroleum facilities and operations; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the trainee-level class. The incumbent receives orientation and training in petroleum inspection work. Work involves conclusions based on the application of established procedures and policies requiring little interpretation. The incumbent is expected to progress to the journeyworker-level within a reasonable length of time.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Reviews new well locations, spacings, grading, and facility installations; inspects cementing of surface casings, water strings, mud spreading, waste haulers, sumps, pumping units, well heads, cellars, fences, signs, leaks, abandonments, and elimination of idle wells and lease equipment; inspects sources of pollution of ground and surface waters; ensures that salt water produced with oil is either injected back into a salt water zone or otherwise disposed of acceptably; assists in water salinity; testing checks for emission control, fire prevention, hazardous conditions, and performs field and laboratory studies of potential sources of contamination, vapor monitoring, and fluids disposal; assists in tracer and other petroleum-fingerprinting operations; answers questions, gives out information, and makes field reviews of public complaints; issues permits and receipts; maintains records and writes letters.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required abilities.

Ability to: follow oral and written instructions; read and understand regulatory codes and policies; make accurate observations; explain regulations; deal diplomatically and effectively with the public and with industrial personnel in an enforcement relationship; keep accurate records such as logs on existing facilities, call outs, permit fees collected; write letters conveying factual information regarding violations; learn mechanical parts and operations of motorized equipment; travel throughout the County on limited notice; learn terminology used in petroleum industry; learn methods and procedures used in drilling, operating and closing oil, gas and injection wells, and related petroleum operations; learn state and county regulations of petroleum operations; make accurate observations.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License by the time of appointment.

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