Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers


Also called : Boom Pump Operator, Chemical Pumper, Day Light Relief Operator, Outside Operator, Pipeline Dispatch Operator, Pipeline Operator, Pump Operator, Pump Station Operator, Pumper, Tank Farm Operator

What they do


Tend, control, or operate power-driven, stationary, or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries, or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.

On the job, one would


  • Monitor gauges and flowmeters and inspect equipment to ensure that tank levels, temperatures, chemical amounts, and pressures are at specified levels, reporting abnormalities as necessary.

  • Record operating data such as products and quantities pumped, stocks used, gauging results, and operating times.

  • Plan movement of products through lines to processing, storage, and shipping units, using knowledge of interconnections and capacities of pipelines, valve manifolds, pumps, and tankage.

  • Turn valves and start pumps to start or regulate flows of substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials.

  • Communicate with other workers, using signals, radios, or telephones, to start and stop flows of materials or substances.

KNOWLEDGE


  • Production and Processing
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Mechanical
    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

SKILLS


  • Operations 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.

  • Operation and Control
    Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

  • 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.

  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

ABILITIES


  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Perceptual Speed
    The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

  • Problem Sensitivity
    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Achievement/Effort
    Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

  • Analytical Thinking
    Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Facilities management software

  • Industrial control software

  • Office suite software

  • Spreadsheet software

  • Word processing software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Some Preparation Needed

  • Education

    High school diploma.

  • Experience

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed.

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

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