Occupation Profile for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Control the operation of petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.


$52,380.00 Median Annual Wage 1,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
2.3 Average Unemployment Percentage 52.2 Percentage That Completed High School
42,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 41.1 Percentage That Had Some College
36,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 6.7 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Absorption Plant Operator
Board Operator
Boiler House Operator
Cat Cracker Operator
Control Board Operator
Control Operator
Control Panel Operator
Crude Unit Operator
Dock Operator
Dock Pumper
Field Gauger
Fractionation Plant Supervisor
Fuel Distribution System Operator
Gas Blender
Gasoline Plant Operator
Head Operator
Helper, Pumper
Hydro Operator
Hydrotreater Operator
Oil Gauger
Oil Plant Operator
Oil Process Stillman
Oil Pumper
Oil Refiner
Oil Refinery Operator
Operations Boardman
Outside Operator
Petroleum Plant Operator
Petroleum Refinery Worker
Petroleum Supply Specialist
Pilot Plant Operator
Pipeline Dispatcher
Plant Operator
Pressure Controller
Process Control Board Operator
Process Operator
Product Blending Supervisor
Pump House Technician
Refinery Operator
Refining Equipment Operator
Tank Terminal Gauger
Terminal Gauger
Transfer Pumper
Unit Operator

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Supplemental — Prepare calculations for receipts and deliveries of oil and oil products.
  • Core — Plan movement of products through lines to processing, storage, and shipping units, utilizing knowledge of system interconnections and capacities.
  • Supplemental — Lower thermometers into tanks to obtain temperature readings.
  • Core — Read and analyze specifications, schedules, logs, test results, and laboratory recommendations to determine how to set equipment controls to produce the required qualities and quantities of products.
  • Supplemental — Clean interiors of processing units by circulating chemicals and solvents within units.
  • 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.