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Gas Compressor & Gas Pumping Station Operators

Also called: Compressor Operator, Compressor Station Operator, Field Operator, Plant Operator

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Marine Corps or Navy.

What they do:
Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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