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4 Aug. 2016

Altona Refinery continues to defy Australia’s tough manufacturing environment to support local jobs

• Eight full-time operators and four operator trainees have gained positions at Mobil Altona Refinery in 2016
• Altona Refinery supports employment in Hobsons Bay, employing around 350 people and indirectly supporting thousands of other jobs

Mobil continues to support the local economy and local jobs, adding eight full-time operators and four operator trainees to the Altona Refinery team in 2016.

Despite an increasingly tough local manufacturing environment, the Mobil Altona Refinery has not only survived, it has emerged as a thriving business and major supplier of fuel for Australia, with an exciting future.

“A number of factors, including global crude oil markets and past investment decisions have combined to uniquely position Altona Refinery as a thriving business that continues to defy Australia’s tough manufacturing environment,” said Altona Refinery Manager, Andrew Warrell.

“As a result, Altona Refinery has been able to offer employment to several experienced and highly skilled operators who found themselves without a job when refineries in other states closed down.”

Like most businesses in Australia, Altona Refinery is also facing the challenges that come with an aging workforce.

Since 2007 the refinery has implemented an Operator Traineeship program which is a key part of the refinery’s strategy for sustaining a top-class operator workforce into the future. Our trainees often bring with them a wealth of experience and skills from a diverse range of backgrounds including various trades, technical and administrative roles.

“Mobil Altona Refinery makes a significant contribution to employment in Hobsons Bay, providing jobs for around 350 people and indirectly supporting thousands of other jobs,” said Andrew.

“These new experienced operators, along with our growing pool of trainee operators, will play a crucial role in sustaining Altona Refinery’s strong operating performance, as we continue to pursue growth and improvement opportunities into the future,” said Andrew.

Sylvia Keller, who started her working life as a Tool and Die Maker in the automotive industry, applied for the Operator Traineeship at Altona Refinery because she was looking for a challenging role that would best utilise her existing skills, in an environment where she would be continuously learning and applying new skills. “I find the industry very exciting and feel very fortunate to be selected for a traineeship at a globally respected company,” said Sylvia.

Altona employment
Photo — New full-time operators and operator trainees have joined the Mobil team recently.