CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas. 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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
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.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
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).
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Acetylene Gas Compressor
Acetylene Plant Technician
Butadiene Compressor Operator
Butane Compressor Operator
Compressor Engineer
Compressor Operator
Compressor Station Operator
Compressor Technician
Field Operator
Fill Plant Operator
Filler
Gas Booster Engineer
Gas Compressor Operator
Gas Cylinder Processor
Gas Engineer
Gas Operator
Gas Plant Operator
Gas Pumping Station Operator
Gas Storage Field Journeyman
Gas Storage Operator
Gas Transfer Operator
High Pressure Compressed Gas Filler
Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator
Operation Specialist
Pipeline Systems Operator
Pipeline Technician
Plant Manager
Plant Operator
Production Technician
Station Engineer
Terminal Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
 
 
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