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Career Details :: Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
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.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Turns valves and starts pump to commence or regulate flow of substances, such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials.
- Adds chemicals and solutions to tank to ensure specifications are met.
- Tends vessels that store substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials.
- Connects hoses and pipes to pumps and vessels, using hand tools.
- Inspects and reports vessel and pump abnormalities such as leaks, pressure, and temperature fluctuations.
- Cleans and maintains pumps and vessels, using hand tools and equipment.
- Records information such as type and quantity of material, and operating data.
- Collects and delivers sample solutions for laboratory analysis.
- Transfers materials to and from vessels, using moving equipment.
- Observes gauges and flowmeter to ascertain specifications are met, such as tank level, chemical amounts, and pressure.
- Communicates with workers to start flow of materials or substance.
- Tests materials and solutions, using testing equipment.
- Tends auxiliary equipment such as water-treatment and refrigeration units and heat exchanges.
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General Work Activities
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
Frequent Work Context
- Degree of Automation
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate