Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers Career Video
Description: 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.
Pump operators run pumps that move everything from oil and gas to runoff slurry from mining operations, and even powdered material used in manufacturing. Pump operators are responsible for transferring products from one place to another; they move products through different stages of processing, into storage tanks, and onto shipping units. Much of their time is spent monitoring gauges and inspecting equipment to ensure that tank levels, temperatures, and chemical proportions are at correct levels. Every day, pump operators rely on their knowledge of pipeline and tank capacities, how valves function, and how the pump systems connect with each other. Record keeping and communication are an essential part of the job, to ensure that mix-ups don’t delay production or cause an accident. Pump operators typically work outdoors, often with high noise levels and exposure to hazardous materials, which require workers to wear safety equipment and pay close attention to safety guidelines. Pump operators typically work over 40 hours a week. Pump operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.