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Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

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

    Work Activities
    • Monitor meters and pressure gauges to determine consumption rate variations, temperatures, and pressures.
    • Respond to problems by adjusting control room equipment or instructing other personnel to adjust equipment at problem locations or in other control areas.
    • Adjust valves and equipment to obtain specified performance.
    • Record instrument readings and operational changes in operating logs.
    • Move controls and turn valves to start compressor engines, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.
    • Operate power-driven pumps that transfer liquids, semi-liquids, gases, or powdered materials.
    • Submit daily reports on facility operations.
    • Take samples of gases and conduct chemical tests to determine gas quality and sulfur or moisture content, or send samples to laboratories for analysis.
    • Read gas meters, and maintain records of the amounts of gas received and dispensed from holders.
    • Turn knobs or switches to regulate pressures.
    • Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, and replace filters and gaskets, using hand tools.
    • Maintain each station by performing general housekeeping duties such as painting, washing, and cleaning.
    • Connect pipelines between pumps and containers that are being filled or emptied.
    Skills
    • Operation 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
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    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.

    • Mechanical

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

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $73,110/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $35.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20
    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
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Persistence
    • Achievement/Effort
    Tools
    • Socket sets
    • Screwdrivers
    • Pipe wrenches
    • Hammers
    • Gas compressors
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