Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

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About the Job

Operate or control petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.

It is also Called

  • Unit Operator
  • Transfer Pumper
  • Terminal Gauger
  • Tank Terminal Gauger
  • Stillman
  • Refining Equipment Operator
  • Refinery Operator
  • Refiner
  • Pumper Helper
  • Pumper
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What They Do

  • Calculate test result values, using standard formulas.
  • Clamp seals around valves to secure tanks.
  • Clean interiors of processing units by circulating chemicals and solvents within units.
  • Lower thermometers into tanks to obtain temperature readings.
  • Prepare calculations for receipts and deliveries of oil and oil products.
  • Perform tests to check the qualities and grades of products, such as assessing levels of bottom sediment, water, and foreign materials in oil samples, using centrifugal testers.
  • Coordinate shutdowns and major projects.
  • Conduct general housekeeping of units, including wiping up oil spills and performing general cleaning duties.
  • Inspect pipelines, tightening connections and lubricating valves as necessary.
  • Collect product samples by turning bleeder valves, or by lowering containers into tanks to obtain oil samples.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $56,740 with most people making between $40,830 and $82,660

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,500 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,460 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 60 replacement openings for approximately 60 total annual openings.



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