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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Communicate with other workers, using signals, radios, or telephones, to start and stop flows of materials or substances.
    • 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.
    • Tend vessels that store substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials, checking levels of substances by using calibrated rods or by reading mercury gauges and tank charts.
    • Clean, lubricate, and repair pumps and vessels, using hand tools and equipment.
    • Read operating schedules or instructions or receive verbal orders to determine amounts to be pumped.
    • Tend auxiliary equipment such as water treatment and refrigeration units, and heat exchangers.
    • Collect and deliver sample solutions for laboratory analysis.
    • Add chemicals and solutions to tanks to ensure that specifications are met.
    • Pump two or more materials into one tank to blend mixtures.
    • Test materials and solutions, using testing equipment.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Perceptual Speed

      The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 48050/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 23.1/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 120
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Analytical Thinking

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