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Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
SOC Code: 53-7072.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Chemical Operator, Day Light Relief Operator, Logistics Technician, Outside Operator, Pipeline Operator, Process Operator, Pump Station Operator, Pumper, Purification Operator, Tank Car Loader

Tasks

  • Monitor gauges and flowmeters and inspect equipment to ensure that tank levels, temperatures, chemical amounts, and pressures are at specified levels, reporting abnormalities as necessary.
  • Record operating data such as products and quantities pumped, stocks used, gauging results, and operating times.
  • Communicate with other workers, using signals, radios, or telephones, to start and stop flows of materials or substances.
  • Tend vessels that store substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials, checking levels of substances by using calibrated rods or by reading mercury gauges and tank charts.
  • Turn valves and start pumps to start or regulate flows of substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials.
  • Plan movement of products through lines to processing, storage, and shipping units, using knowledge of interconnections and capacities of pipelines, valve manifolds, pumps, and tankage.
  • Read operating schedules or instructions or receive verbal orders to determine amounts to be pumped.
  • Clean, lubricate, and repair pumps and vessels, using hand tools and equipment.
  • Collect and deliver sample solutions for laboratory analysis.
  • Connect hoses and pipelines to pumps and vessels prior to material transfer, using hand tools.
  • Tend auxiliary equipment such as water treatment and refrigeration units, and heat exchangers.
  • Add chemicals and solutions to tanks to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Pump two or more materials into one tank to blend mixtures.
  • Test materials and solutions, using testing equipment.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Facilities management software - Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • Industrial control software - Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable wrench sets
  • Air compressors
  • Air manifolds - Manifold systems
  • Chilling units or cold water circulators - Auxiliary cooling systems
  • Concrete pump truck - Concrete boom pumps; Concrete line pumps
  • Conventional truck cranes - Boom trucks
  • Cryogenic pumps - Nitrogen pumps
  • Densitometers - Digital densitometers
  • Depth indicators - Level instruments
  • Dump trucks
  • Fire pump sets - Fire pumper apparatus
  • Flowmeters - Digital flowmeters
  • Forklifts - Wheeled forklifts
  • Gas generators - Portable gas powered generators; Stationary gas powered generators
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus - Welding equipment
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Hammers - Multipurpose hammers
  • Hard hats
  • Hydraulic truck cranes - Crane trucks
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles - Pickup trucks
  • Logging instruments for water wells - Calibrated well rods
  • Microcontrollers - Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic hammer - Air hammers
  • Power drills - Cordless drills
  • Pressure gauge - Pressure testers
  • Safety boots - Steel-toed safety boots
  • Sewage pumps - Wastewater lift stations
  • Single gas monitors - Chlorine analyzers
  • Telemetry systems - Telemetry equipment
  • Turbine pumps
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios
  • Water meters - Turbidity meters; Water flow meters
  • Water pumps - Fluid pumps; Portable pumps; Stationary pumps
  • Water storage tanks - Water retention tanks

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • 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.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: RCI
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 99% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions
  • Contact With Others
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 15% responded “Very important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 78% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 12% responded “Moderate results.”
  • Electronic Mail - 18% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Telephone
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 56% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 47% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 13% responded “Never.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 48% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Time Pressure - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 43% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 40% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 13% responded “Not important at all.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 44% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Letters and Memos - 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 51% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 30% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures
  • Spend Time Sitting - 17% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 75% responded “About half the time.”
  • Physical Proximity - 12% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 70% responded “About half the time.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 35% responded “Fairly important.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 38% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Degree of Automation - 40% responded “Moderately automated.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
86%High school diploma or equivalent
10%Associate's degree
2%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $20.91 hourly, $43,500 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 12,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,700

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