Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

Description

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

Tasks

  • Monitor meters and pressure gauges to determine consumption rate variations, temperatures, and pressures.
  • 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.
  • Move controls and turn valves to start compressor engines, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Turn knobs or switches to regulate pressures.
  • Respond to problems by adjusting control room equipment, and/or instructing other personnel to adjust equipment at problem locations or in other control areas.
  • Take samples of gases and conduct chemical tests in order 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.

Knowledge

Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skills

Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
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.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Acetylene Gas Compressor
Acetylene Plant Technician
Butadiene Compressor Operator
Butane Compressor Operator
Compressor Engineer
Compressor Operator
Compressor Station Operator
Compressor Technician
Field Operator
Fill Plant Operator
Filler
Gas Booster Engineer
Gas Cylinder Processor
Gas Engineer
Gas Operator
Gas Plant Operator
Gas Pumping Station Operator
Gas Storage Field Journeyman
Gas Storage Operator
Gas Transfer Operator
High Pressure Compressed Gas Filler
Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
Operation Specialist
Pipeline Systems Operator
Pipeline Technician
Plant Manager
Plant Operator
Production Technician
Station Engineer
Terminal Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$24.59 hourly, $51,150 annual.
Employment (2008):
4,350 employees