The North Atlantic refinery in Come by Chance, Placentia Bay employs over 500 people to produce, refine, and market some of the cleanest fuels in the world, then ship it to customers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and around the world. 

Refining is basically taking raw crude oil and processing and distilling it into various products such as gas for automobiles, jet fuel, heating oil, asphalt base, as well as many other products. 

The Come By Chance refinery can store up to 3.6 million barrels of oil at a time, along with 300,000 barrels of butane. It has the largest refinery dock in North America and – similar to Whiffen Head’s Newfoundland Transhipment Limited – it uses tugboats to escort ships in and out of the bay, assist ships with docking and for firefighting support.

Skilled Trades:

  • Pipefitters – lay out piping systems and ensure the components are tacked together.
  • Welders finish welding joints in piping systems. They also weld structural steel, aluminum and other materials.
  • Electricians – specialize in the electrical wiring of buildings and offshore facilities.
  • Carpenters – cut, shape and install building materials during the construction and maintenance of buildings, ships, concrete formwork, etc.
  • Crane Operators – operate hydraulic and/or cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, and/or products in many directions.
  • Millwrights/Machinists – install, maintain, and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.
  • Insulators – fabricate, assemble and apply insulation materials to plumbing, heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, as well as piping equipment and pressure vessels, to reduce the passage of heat, cold, sound, smoke or fire.

Engineering and Earth Sciences:

  • Civil Engineers – assist in the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, such as buildings and roads.
  • Mechanical Engineers – analyze, design, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.
  • Instrumentation Engineers – design the electronic components of the process control equipment used in the process facilities.


  • Process Technicians have responsibilities in a wide range of areas associated with their plant operation, including safety, health & environment, reliability and operational integrity, and meeting the operating plan.
  • Laboratory Technicians – perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties and performance
  • Electrical Technicians – install and maintain electrical equipment.
  • Quality Control Technicians – monitor the quality of finished products to confirm they are defect-free. 

Business and Administration:

  • Human Resources Advisors – provide a full range of support to a company’s employees from recruiting personnel, to developing and negotiating benefits packages to counseling and disciplinary actions.
  • Communications Advisors – provide advice on how a company communicates with the public, media, government and its workforce. They are usually the interface between a company and the general public, media etc., and develop strategies and programs to facilitate communications.
  • Accountants – monitor the financial aspects of a business.
  • Administrative Assistants – assist in the day to day operations of the office.
  • Logistics Coordinators – oversee entire events or projects that typically have many facets, including scheduling, delivery and coordination of equipment, materials and people.

Specialty Services:

  • Health and Safety Advisors –  facilitate the development, implementation and maintenance of workplace safety programs.
  • Security Agents – develop, document, and implement policies and procedures for protecting company assets.
  • Environmental and Regulatory Advisors – review, monitor and enforce  governmental regulations, internal policies and industry best practices.