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Occupation Profile for Gas Plant Operators

Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$53,670.00 Median Annual Wage 0 Average Job Openings Per Year
2.3 Average Unemployment Percentage 52.2 Percentage That Completed High School
12,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 41.1 Percentage That Had Some College
11,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 6.7 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Compressor Station Operator
Dispatcher
Engine Room Operator
Field Gauger
Fuel Attendant
Gas Controller
Gas Dispatcher
Gas Maker
Gas Operator
Gas Plant Operator
Gas Producer
Gas System Operator
Gas Treater
Gauger
High Pressure Operator
Liquefaction and Regasification Plant Operator
Liquefaction Plant Operator
Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
Liquified Natural Gas Specialist (LNG Specialist)
Liquified Natural Gas Technician (LNG Technician)
Load Dispatcher
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

Related Occupations

Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Knowledge
  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • 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.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — Calculate gas ratios to detect deviations from specifications, using testing apparatus.
  • Core — Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, and/or transfer of gas to maintain processes at required levels or to correct problems.
  • Supplemental — Signal or direct workers who tend auxiliary equipment.
  • Core — Clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using hand tools, or request that repair and maintenance work be performed.
  • Supplemental — Operate construction equipment to install and maintain gas distribution systems.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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