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Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operator

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High school preferred +

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What They Do

Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators Career Video

About This Career

Operates steam-, gas-, electric motor-, or internal combustion-engine driven compressors. Transmits, compresses, or recovers gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Monitors meters and pressure gauges to determine consumption rate variations, temperatures, and pressures.
  • Responds to problems by adjusting control room equipment or instructing other personnel to adjust equipment at problem locations or in other control areas.
  • Records instrument readings and operational changes in operating logs.
  • Adjusts valves and equipment to obtain specified performance.
  • Moves controls and turns valves to start compressor engines, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Operates power-driven pumps that transfer liquids, semi-liquids, gases, or powdered materials.
  • Submits daily reports on facility operations.
  • Takes samples of gases and conducts chemical tests to determine gas quality and sulfur or moisture content, or sends samples to laboratories for analysis.
  • Reads gas meters, and maintains records of the amounts of gas received and dispensed from holders.
  • Turns knobs or switches to regulate pressures.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Compressor Operator
  • Compressor Station Operator
  • Compressor Technician
  • Fill Plant Operator
  • Filler
  • Gas Plant Operator
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
  • Pipeline Technician
  • Plant Operator
  • Terminal Operator


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