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Gas Plant Operators

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Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

    Work Activities
    • Distribute or process gas for utility companies or industrial plants, using panel boards, control boards, and semi-automatic equipment.
    • Monitor transportation and storage of flammable and other potentially dangerous products to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
    • Monitor equipment functioning, observe temperature, level, and flow gauges, and perform regular unit checks to ensure that all equipment is operating as it should.
    • Control operation of compressors, scrubbers, evaporators, and refrigeration equipment to liquefy, compress, or regasify natural gas.
    • Start and shut down plant equipment.
    • Control equipment to regulate flow and pressure of gas to feedlines of boilers, furnaces, and related steam-generating or heating equipment.
    • Record, review, and compile operations records, test results, and gauge readings such as temperatures, pressures, concentrations, and flows.
    • Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, or transfer of gas to maintain processes at required levels or to correct problems.
    • Clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using hand tools, or request that repair and maintenance work be performed.
    • Control fractioning columns, compressors, purifying towers, heat exchangers, and related equipment to extract nitrogen and oxygen from air.
    • Collaborate with other operators to solve unit problems.
    • Determine causes of abnormal pressure variances, and make corrective recommendations, such as installation of pipes to relieve overloading.
    • Read logsheets to determine product demand and disposition, or to detect malfunctions.
    • Test gas, chemicals, and air during processing to assess factors such as purity and moisture content, and to detect quality problems or gas or chemical leaks.
    • Calculate gas ratios to detect deviations from specifications, using testing apparatus.
    • Contact maintenance crews when necessary.
    • Signal or direct workers who tend auxiliary equipment.
    • Change charts in recording meters.
    • Operate construction equipment to install and maintain gas distribution systems.
    Skills
    • Operation 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Auditory Attention

      The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.

    • 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.

    • Near Vision

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

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • Production and Processing

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $70,020/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $33.66/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    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
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Independence
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Steel holding tank
    • Heat exchangers
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    • Compressor control panels
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