Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+9.7% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers Do

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.

Other Job Titles Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers May Have

Boom Pump Operator, Chemical Pumper, Day Light Relief Operator, Outside Operator, Pipeline Dispatch Operator, Pipeline Operator, Pump Operator, Pump Station Operator, Pumper, Tank Farm Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Turn valves and start pumps to start or regulate flows of substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials.
  • Connect hoses and pipelines to pumps and vessels prior to material transfer, using hand tools.

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