Petroleum Pump System Operators
General Job Description
While oil is being refined, it is essential to monitor and control the process so as not to lose efficiency by adding to much petroleum, or too little, for any given process.
Job Skills and Education
Pump system operators must be physically able to handle, install and position equipment while at the same time possessing the ability to process relevant information from several sources.
The job requires high mechanical aptitude and strong mathematical skill including knowledge and application of algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics and basic arithmetic. It is also essential that pump systems operators possess strong communication skills to relay important information to supervisors, colleagues and subordinates such as signaling other workers to operate pumps, open and close valves, and check temperatures. It is also crucial for the pump system operator to possess the ability to read and comprehend detailed technical reports. Excellent vision is also a plus for this position and the job requires an above average ability to focus.
The educational background for a quality candidate includes a high school diploma and probably one to two years of vocational training or equivalent on-the-site experience. According to the US Department of labor, 57.6% of Petroleum Pump System Operators have a high school diploma or less, which 37.5% have some college education and 4.9% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The average wage for a Petroleum Pump Systems Operator is roughly $25.18 per hour, which translates to $52,380 on an annual basis. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the entry level employee earnings was $20.80 per hour, which is over $40,000 per year. Experienced employees earned around $27 an hour, or roughly $57,000 per year. Approximately 40,000 people hold these positions now, and reports suggest that thousands more will be hired now through 2016.