Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 53-7071 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Monitor meters and pressure gauges to determine consumption rate variations, temperatures, and pressures. Adjust valves and equipment to obtain specified performance. Read gas meters, and maintain records of the amounts of gas received and dispensed from holders. Operate power-driven pumps that transfer liquids, semi-liquids, gases, or powdered materials. Record instrument readings and operational changes in operating logs. Move controls and turn valves to start compressor engines, pumps, and auxiliary equipment. Turn knobs or switches to regulate pressures. Respond to problems by adjusting control room equipment, and/or instructing other personnel to adjust equipment at problem locations or in other control areas. Take samples of gases and conduct chemical tests in order to determine gas quality and sulfur or moisture content, or send samples to laboratories for analysis. Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, and replace filters and gaskets, using hand tools. Submit daily reports on facility operations. Connect pipelines between pumps and containers that are being filled or emptied. Maintain each station by performing general housekeeping duties such as painting, washing, and cleaning.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
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53-7071.00 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators