Energy

Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Home>Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
format_list_bulleted

Occupation Overview

slideshow

Job Preview

account_balance

Education & Training

At A Glance: Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers operate refining or processing units. They will often specialize in specific systems or oil processes. Operators are responsible for controlling the refining process and flow of materials and liquids through pumping systems. They monitor equipment and processes to ensure that systems work properly. To become a petroleum pump system operator requires at least a high school diploma and some on-the-job training. To advance in this career field may require additional training or an apprenticeship. Workers earn an average of $34.07 an hour. The need for these workers is growing steadily in our region.

Entry Level Requirements

schoolschoolschoolschoolschool

High School Diploma

To become a petroleum pump system operator, refinery operator or gauger, you must have at least a high school diploma. Some positions require an associate's degree.
occupation details image

Oil/Gas & mining have

119
companies making investments and competing for talent in our region.

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $21 - $47/HR.

Job Details: Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

job preview image

Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers must perform regularly. Petroleum pump system operators are responsible for the movement of materials through the refining process. To keep the refining process moving they check gauges and pumping systems to ensure that oil or gas is running through pipelines appropriately.
  • Monitor process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters to detect and report possible problems
  • Start pumps, open valves, or use equipment to regulate oil flow in pipelines and in and out of tanks
  • Control pumping systems and other processes with computers or physical activity
  • Inspect equipment, structures, or materials to identify errors or problems
  • Coordinate other operators to begin processes, open and close valves, and check temperatures

Required Job Skills

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers require specific skills, abilities and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. These jobs require a high-level of attention to detail, concern for safety, and ability to problem solve.
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Knowledge of machines, tools, and materials

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Community College of Allegheny County - West Hills Center
Program: Facilities Maintenance Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Stark State College
Program: Petroleum Industrial Mechanics Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Community College of Allegheny County - West Hills Center
Program: Plastics Manufacturing Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Pierpont Community & Technical College
Program: Petroleum Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
West Virginia Northern Community College
Program: Petroleum Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Community College of Allegheny County - West Hills Center
Program: Industrial Manufacturing Technician
Certification: Certificate
Length: 18 Month Apprenticeship Program

I'd Like to Request More Information. What's Next?

There are plenty of career and training opportunities in the tri-state area. Click the button below to tell us a little about yourself and what kind of information you're looking for. A helpful resource will be in touch soon.