Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

At a Glance

Median Salary
$84,906
Local Jobs
674
Entry-Level Education
High School

Occupation Profile

Operate or control petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.

By The Numbers

Median Annual Earnings

$84,906

Median Annual Earnings are the midpoint earned by 50 percent of workers who are the lowest paid and 50 percent of workers who are the highest paid in a particular occupation

Local Jobs

674

Jobs are any position in which a worker provides labor in exchange for monetary compensation (note: one individual may hold multiple jobs)

Entry-Level Education

High School

This is the most common education level requested in entry-level job listings.

Daily Tasks

  • Monitor process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters to detect and report any possible problems.
  • Start pumps and open valves or use automated equipment to regulate the flow of oil in pipelines and into and out of tanks.
  • Control or operate manifold and pumping systems to circulate liquids through a petroleum refinery.
  • Operate control panels to coordinate and regulate process variables such as temperature and pressure, and to direct product flow rate, according to process schedules.
  • Signal other workers by telephone or radio to operate pumps, open and close valves, and check temperatures.
  • Verify that incoming and outgoing products are moving through the correct meters, and that meters are working properly.
  • Read automatic gauges at specified intervals to determine the flow rate of oil into or from tanks, and the amount of oil in tanks.
  • Operate auxiliary equipment and control multiple processing units during distilling or treating operations, moving controls that regulate valves, pumps, compressors, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Plan movement of products through lines to processing, storage, and shipping units, using knowledge of system interconnections and capacities.
  • Read and analyze specifications, schedules, logs, test results, and laboratory recommendations to determine how to set equipment controls to produce the required qualities and quantities of products.
  • Record and compile operating data, instrument readings, documentation, and results of laboratory analyses.
  • Synchronize activities with other pumphouses to ensure a continuous flow of products and a minimum of contamination between products.
  • Patrol units to monitor the amount of oil in storage tanks, and to verify that activities and operations are safe, efficient, and in compliance with regulations.
  • Maintain and repair equipment, or report malfunctioning equipment to supervisors so that repairs can be scheduled.
  • Collect product samples by turning bleeder valves, or by lowering containers into tanks to obtain oil samples.
  • Inspect pipelines, tightening connections and lubricating valves as necessary.
  • Conduct general housekeeping of units, including wiping up oil spills and performing general cleaning duties.

Occupational Skills

What skills are necessary for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers?

Hard Skills

Agriculture
Hydrostatic Testing
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Oil And Gas
PIC Microcontrollers
Refinery Experience
Safety Standards
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Test Equipment
Valves (Piping)

Soft Skills

Communications
Lifting Ability
Operations
Punctuality
Valid Driver's License

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry- or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education. They are essential in many industries and occupations.

Education Programs

Del Mar College

Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Type
Credential
Hours
Online
Financial Aid
Credit/CE
AAS Degree, L2 Cert
60/42
No
Yes

Steve Moore

Del Mar College
361-698-1702
smoore23@delmar.edu

Coastal Bend College

Oil & Gas Technology AAS

Type
Credential
Hours
Online
Financial Aid
CTE
cred
hrs
No
Yes

Macedonio Gonzalez

Coastal Bend College
(361) 354-2571
mgonzalez@coastalbend.edu

Coastal Bend College

Oil & Gas Technology L2

Type
Credential
Hours
Online
Financial Aid
CTE
cred
hrs
No
Yes

Macedonio Gonzalez

Coastal Bend College
(361) 354-2571
mgonzalez@coastalbend.edu

Coastal Bend College

Oil & Gas Technology L1

Type
Credential
Hours
Online
Financial Aid
CTE
cred
hrs
No
Yes

Macedonio Gonzalez

Coastal Bend College
(361) 354-2571
mgonzalez@coastalbend.edu
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