CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Service Unit Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Service Unit Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians. Observe load variations on strain gauges, mud pumps, and motor pressure indicators; and listen to engines, rotary chains, and other equipment in order to detect faulty operations or unusual well conditions.
 
Confer with others to gather information regarding pipe or tool sizes or borehole conditions in wells.
 
Drive truck-mounted units to well sites.
 
Install pressure-control devices onto wellheads.
 
Thread cables through derrick pulleys, using hand tools.
 
Operate pumps that circulate water, oil, or other fluids through wells to remove sand or other materials obstructing the free flow of oil.
 
Close and seal wells no longer in use.
 
Operate controls that raise derricks or level rigs.
 
Direct drilling crews performing activities such as assembling and connecting pipe, applying weights to drill pipes, or drilling around lodged obstacles.
 
Perforate well casings or sidewalls of boreholes with explosive charges.
 
Prepare reports of services rendered, tools used, or time required, for billing purposes.
 
Operate specialized equipment to remove obstructions by backing-off or severing pipes by chemical or explosive action.
 
Select fishing methods or tools for removing obstacles such as liners, broken casing, screens, or drill pipe.
 
Examine unserviceable wells to determine actions to be taken to improve well conditions.
 
Insert detection instruments into wells with obstructions.
 
Interpret instrument readings to ascertain the depth of obstruction.
 
Monitor sound wave generating or detecting mechanisms to determine well fluid levels.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Service Unit Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Service Unit Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Service Unit Operators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Service Unit Operators
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software Facilities management software
 
Data logger software Analytical or scientific software
 
Inventory tracking software Inventory management software
 
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software Industrial control software
 
Time and attendance software Time accounting software
 
Adjustable hand wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Cement mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
 
Cement pumps Cement pumping units
 
Channel lock pliers Locking pliers
 
Chemical casing cutters Slickline chemical cutters
 
Chemical pipe cutters Slickline chemical cutters
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Continuous sucker rods Rod pumps
 
Depth gauges Depth indicators
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Diesel motors Diesel engines
 
Downhole object retrieval equipment Downhole fishing poles
 
Electric downhole pumps Electric downhole pumps
 
Free point tools Well testing downhole tools
 
Handheld data loggers Portable data input terminals
 
Hex wrenches Hex keys
 
Hoisting equipment Hoists
 
Hydraulic hoisting equipment Hoists
 
Hydraulic pumping systems Completion hydraulic pumps
 
Jet casing cutters Slickline jet cutters
 
Jet pipe cutters Slickline jet cutters
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Mallets Mallets
 
Mud pumps Mud pumps
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Pipe elevators Pipe handling equipment
 
Pipe slips Pipe handling equipment
 
Pipe tongs Pipe handling equipment
 
Pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
 
Power drills Power drills
 
Pressure control devices Pressure controllers
 
Pressure indicators Pressure indicators
 
Programmable logic controllers PLC Microcontrollers
 
Protective ear muffs Ear muffs
 
Ratchet sets Ratchets
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Slickline severance tools Slickline severing tools
 
Sonar equipment Sonars
 
Steel measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Strain gauges Strain gauges
 
Stuck pipe tools Pipe handling equipment
 
Torpedo levels Levels
 
Truck-mounted derricks Derricks
 
Utility knives Utility knives
 
Well tubing perforation guns Through tubing perforation guns
 
Wellhead drives Wellhead beam pumps
 
Wire cutters Wire cutters
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Service Unit Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Related Work Experience None
 
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Service Unit Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Cement Pump Operator
Coil Tubing Operator
Derrick Hand
Driller
Equipment Operator
Fisherman
Fishing Tool Operator
Fishing Tool Supervisor
Oil Processing Technician
Oil Well Fishing Tool Technician
Oil Well Fishing-Tool Technician
Oil Well Service Operator
Oil Well Service Unit Operator
Oil and Gas Field Technician
Oil and Shale and Tar Processing Technician
Operator
Pulling Unit Operator
Reverse Unit Operator-Fisherman
Rig Operator
Rigger
Service Operator
Service Rig Operator
Service Unit Operator
Shale Processing Technician
Swabber
Tar Processing Technician
Tool Pusher
Well Cleaner
Well Service Pump Equipment Operator
Well Service Rig Operator
Well Services Operator
Well Servicing Rig Operator
Wireline Operator
Work Over Rig Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Service Unit Operators
 
 
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