Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Wireline Field Operator
  • Terminal Operator
  • Station Engineer
  • Production Technician
  • Plant Operator
  • Pipeline Technician
  • Pipeline Systems Operator
  • Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
  • Gas Transfer Operator
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, and replace filters and gaskets, using hand tools.
  • Turn knobs or switches to regulate pressures.
  • Read gas meters, and maintain records of the amounts of gas received and dispensed from holders.
  • Take samples of gases and conduct chemical tests to determine gas quality and sulfur or moisture content, or send samples to laboratories for analysis.
  • Submit daily reports on facility operations.
  • Operate power-driven pumps that transfer liquids, semi-liquids, gases, or powdered materials.
  • Move controls and turn valves to start compressor engines, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Adjust valves and equipment to obtain specified performance.

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 Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $59,130 with most people making between $38,330 and $77,180

Outlook

0.22%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 910 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 930 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 2 openings due to growth and about 48 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.



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