Senior Laboratory Technician
12+ years’ success leading laboratory operations and QA for high-growth organizations
Results-oriented Senior Laboratory Technician with a solid track record of success spearheading the overall laboratory operations and quality assurance of samples within the petroleum industry. Solid expertise in analyzing refinery raw materials and finished products aligned with international standard procedures. Excellent leadership skills to lead and contribute to complex engineering projects, including managing, training, and mentoring laboratory teams. Business communicator continually focused on building relationships and promoting synergy across business lines to drive positive change.
Highlights of Expertise
·Analysis of refinery intermediate products: fuel gases, off-gases, boot water, utility water samples, utility raw materials, wastewater samples, air and water samples for environment regulatory requirements, and hydrocarbon samples from plants such as Crude Distillation Unit (CDU), Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU), Saturated Gas Unit (SGU), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU), Diesel Hydro Desulphurizing Unit (DHDS), Continuous Catalytic Reforming (CCR), Visbreaking Unit (VBU), Isomerization Unit, Base Oil Unit for product quality control
·Analysis of refinery finished products: liquefied petrol gas (LPG), naphtha, unleaded gasoline (ULG), superior kerosene oil (SKO), Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), Gas Oil (Diesel), Base Oil, Fuel Oil, Bitumen, and Sulfur.
·Manual handling of sophisticated automatic instruments: for various analysis: density, flash point, total sulphur, atmospheric and vacuum distillation, salt content, viscosity, saybolt and ASTM color, octane and cetane number by CFR engines, refinery gas analysis, composition analysis of gas and liquid samples, smoke point, Jet Fuel Thermal Oxidation Tester (JFTOT), copper corrosion, WSIM, etc.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Refining, Abu Dhabi, UAE
SENIOR LABORATORY TECHNICIAN (Mar 2014 to Present);
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN (Dec 2010 to Feb 2014)
Coordinate the execution of a full range of lab analysis for product certification and quality analysis of process samples. Efficiently operate, troubleshoot, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment. Maintain instrument quality control to ensure the accuracy of results. Oversee workload and activities of laboratory technicians and sample collectors to ensure completion within the established timeline.
Collaborate with several refinery departments, including the Economics and Scheduling for collection, analysis, and reporting of results for unit samples, intermediate as well as finished products.
Strategic contributor to the commissioning phase of the Base oil unit at ADNOC refining, including procurement of instruments, preparation of QMS documents, coordination with process engineering and production planning for sampling schedule, and product specification.
Identifying the requirement of laboratory instruments and required infrastructure for future projects and subsequent involvement in the purchasing of new equipment.
Execute the installation, commissioning, calibration, and routine maintenance of newly procured equipment.
Lead, train, and mentor laboratory technicians and senior laboratory technicians to efficiently operate and maintain laboratory instruments and to develop an awareness of the HSE and QMS related policies.
Reviewing and ensuring that the approved sampling schedules and product specifications are updated in LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).
Approve the calibration of instruments and the standardization of chemicals performed by laboratory technicians.
A key contributor to the development and implementation of the laboratory's Quality Assurance and Quality Control standards, including completing documentation of the Quality Management System.
Direct team efforts and provided technical assistance during abnormal unit operation, unit startup, and shutdown, including conducting experimental studies to identify causes of problems affecting product quality.
Review and approve the analysis of ASTM International laboratories Crosscheck Program (ILCP) and other Round Robin Tests prior to reporting.
Efficiently complete the analysis of refinery raw materials such as crude oil and condensate, as well as utility chemicals while adhering to established international standard methods.
Execute the analysis of unit intermediate products and finished products to ensure adherence to local and international specifications.
Essar Oil Limited, Jamnagar, India
ASSISTANT MANAGER (Jul 2009 to Nov 2010)
OFFICER (Jul 2007 to Jun 2009)
DIPLOMA ENGINEER TRAINEE (Jul 2006 to Jun 2007)
A key contributor to the installation and commissioning of new laboratory equipment, including the calibration and maintenance of existing instruments. Coordinated the preparation of chemicals and reagents and their standardization following strict regulatory practices.
Successfully developed the British Safety Council's documentation in Essar Oil Limited leading to 4 start rating for the company.
Successfully conducted complex analysis and certification of Jet fuel samples to meet the requirements of the domestic, military, and international clients.
Active participation in the installation and commissioning of LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).
Ensured optimal laboratory performance by conducting analysis of ASTM ILCP samples and other Round Robin Test samples to swiftly identify errors or quality issues.
Played an instrumental role in the management of the Quality Management System (QMS) and HSE regulations.
Efficiently completed the sample analysis following a strict sampling schedule and analysis of additional samples following international standard methods.
Constantly contributed to the certification of refinery finished products to ensure alignment with national and international specifications.
Ensured compliance with the company's sample and chemicals discarding procedure and the waste disposal procedure.
Developed solid knowledge of international standard methods including ASTM, IP, UOP, APHA.
Education & Credentials
Master of Science in Environmental Science, (securing first class with distinction), 2006
Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, (securing first class with distinction), 2004
Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India
IRCA approved Lead Auditor for ISO 17025:2017
IRCA approved Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2015