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Wellhead Pumpers

Operate power pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor pumps and flow lines for gas and fluid leaks.
    • Gauge oil and gas production.
    • Start compressor engines and divert oil from storage tanks into compressor units and auxiliary equipment to recover natural gas from oil.
    • Monitor control panels during pumping operations to ensure that materials are being pumped at the correct pressure, density, rate, and concentration.
    • Operate engines and pumps to shut off wells according to production schedules, and to switch flow of oil into storage tanks.
    • Open valves to return compressed gas to bottoms of specified wells to repressurize them and force oil to surface.
    • Change water filters.
    • Repair gas and oil meters and gauges.
    • Prepare trucks and equipment necessary for the type of pumping service required.
    • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles and equipment.
    • Attach pumps and hoses to wellheads.
    • Mix acids, chemicals, or dry cement as required for a specific job.
    • Unload and assemble pipes and pumping equipment, using hand tools.
    • Supervise oil pumpers and other workers engaged in producing oil from wells.
    • Drive trucks to transport high-pressure pumping equipment, and chemicals, fluids, or gases to be pumped into wells.
    • Control pumping and blending equipment to acidize, cement, or fracture gas or oil wells and permeable rock formations.

    Skills

    • Operations 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • 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 there is a problem.

    • Near Vision

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

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

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

    • Mathematics

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

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 38900/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.7/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 480
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Initiative
    • Self Control
    • Independence

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