Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.

Median Annual Wage: $56,280

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (78%); Associate's degree (11%); Post-secondary certificate (11%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Production Technician; Compressor Operator; Plant Operator; Compressor Station Operator; Field Operator; Filler; Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator); Pipeline Technician; Pipeline Systems Operator; Terminal Operator

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  • Adjust valves and equipment to obtain specified performance.
  • Read gas meters, and maintain records of the amounts of gas received and dispensed from holders.
  • Operate power-driven pumps that transfer liquids, semi-liquids, gases, or powdered materials.
  • Record instrument readings and operational changes in operating logs.
  • Turn knobs or switches to regulate pressures.
  • Move controls and turn valves to start compressor engines, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Respond to problems by adjusting control room equipment or instructing other personnel to adjust equipment at problem locations or in other control areas.
  • Take samples of gases and conduct chemical tests to determine gas quality and sulfur or moisture content, or send samples to laboratories for analysis.
  • Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, and replace filters and gaskets, using hand tools.
  • Submit daily reports on facility operations.
  • Connect pipelines between pumps and containers that are being filled or emptied.
  • Maintain each station by performing general housekeeping duties such as painting, washing, and cleaning.

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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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