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Pump Operators

Also called: Day Light Relief Operator, Outside Operator, Pipeline Operator, Pumper

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment Hydraulic/Pneumatic/Structures Mechanic; Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels; Aviation Support Equipmentman; Bulk Fuel Specialist; Cryogenics Equipment Operator; Fuels Apprentice; Fuels Craftsman; Fuels Helper; Fuels Journeyman; Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical); Machinist's Mate (Nuclear)

What they do:
Tend, control, or operate power-driven, stationary, or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries, or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor gauges and flowmeters and inspect equipment to ensure that tank levels, temperatures, chemical amounts, and pressures are at specified levels, reporting abnormalities as necessary.
  • Record operating data such as products and quantities pumped, stocks used, gauging results, and operating times.
  • Communicate with other workers, using signals, radios, or telephones, to start and stop flows of materials or substances.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
Industrial control software
  • Supervisor control and data acquisition SCADA software


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

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