Addressing modern-day process plant operations in an easy-to-understand format, this book reveals the important role technicians play in the function of a business unit. Operator responsibilities and functions are thoroughly examined, from recognizing opportunities that will improve process operations to detecting and removing threats to steady-state operation. Business fundamentals and the importance of quality are systematically explored, as well as the chemistry and physics of process operations. Maintenance duties, material handling, and process troubleshooting techniques round out the comprehensive coverage.
Michael R. Speegle is currently the Department Chairman of Process Technology, Instrumentation and Electrical Technology at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. He holds a master's degree in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and has worked for 18 years in the petrochemical and refining industry in various roles. Retired from BP-Amoco, Speegle completed three oil and gas internships sponsored by BP to enhance the teaching of oil and gas exploration and production. He is also the author of several books and articles in the field and co-authored two textbooks for analyzer technicians. Speegle is a member of the Gulf Coast Process Technology Association and has received a certificate in oil and gas production from the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology.
Preface 1. Process Technology Today 2. Safety I Process hazards 3. Safety II The Permit System 4. Quality as a Competitive Tool 5. Process Economics 6. Communication 7. Process Physics 8. Process Samples 9. Significance of Common Laboratory Tests 10. Routine Technician Duties 11. Maintenance Duties I 12. Maintenance Duties II 13. Material Handling I Bulk Liquids 14. Material Handling II Bulk Solids 15. Material Handling III Oil Movement and Storage 16. Process Unit Shutdown 17. Process Unit Turnaround 18. Process Unit Startup 19. Abnormal Situations 20. Process Troubleshooting Glossary