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Gas Plant Operators
Gas Plant Operators
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Plant Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Control equipment, such as compressors, evaporators, heat exchangers, and refrigeration equipment to process gas for utility companies and for industrial use. Monitor transportation and storage of flammable and other potentially dangerous products to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
 
Monitor equipment functioning, observe temperature, level, and flow gauges, and perform regular unit checks, in order to ensure that all equipment is operating as it should.
 
Control operation of compressors, scrubbers, evaporators, and refrigeration equipment in order to liquefy, compress, or regasify natural gas.
 
Start and shut down plant equipment.
 
Record, review, and compile operations records, test results, and gauge readings such as temperatures, pressures, concentrations, and flows.
 
Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, and/or transfer of gas to maintain processes at required levels or to correct problems.
 
Clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using hand tools, or request that repair and maintenance work be performed.
 
Collaborate with other operators to solve unit problems.
 
Determine causes of abnormal pressure variances, and make corrective recommendations, such as installation of pipes to relieve overloading.
 
Read logsheets to determine product demand and disposition, or to detect malfunctions.
 
Test gas, chemicals, and air during processing to assess factors such as purity and moisture content, and to detect quality problems or gas or chemical leaks.
 
Contact maintenance crews when necessary.
 
Change charts in recording meters.
 
Distribute or process gas for utility companies or industrial plants, using panel boards, control boards, and semi-automatic equipment.
 
Control equipment to regulate flow and pressure of gas to feedlines of boilers, furnaces, and related steam-generating or heating equipment.
 
Control fractioning columns, compressors, purifying towers, heat exchangers, and related equipment in order to extract nitrogen and oxygen from air.
 
Calculate gas ratios to detect deviations from specifications, using testing apparatus.
 
Signal or direct workers who tend auxiliary equipment.
 
Operate construction equipment to install and maintain gas distribution systems.
 
Control equipment, such as compressors, evaporators, heat exchangers, and refrigeration equipment to process gas for utility companies and for industrial use.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Plant Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Plant Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation 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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
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.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Plant Operators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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).
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
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.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
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.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Plant Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Plant Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Compressor Station Operator
Dispatcher
Engine Room Operator
Field Gauger
Fuel Attendant
Gas Controller
Gas Dispatcher
Gas Distribution Plant Operator
Gas Maker
Gas Operator
Gas Plant Dispatcher
Gas Plant Operator
Gas Plant Technician
Gas Processing Plant Operator
Gas Producer
Gas System Operator
Gas Treater
Gauger
High Pressure Operator
Liquefaction Plant Operator
Liquefaction and Regasification Plant Operator
Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
Liquified Natural Gas Specialist (LNG Specialist)
Liquified Natural Gas Technician (LNG Technician)
Load Dispatcher
Natural Gas Plant Technician
Operation Specialist
Oxygen Plant Operator
Plant Operator
Pressure Controller
Pressure Dispatcher
Process Plant Operator
Regasification Plant Operator
Tank Terminal Gauger
Terminal Gauger
Water Gas Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Plant Operators
 
 
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