Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, & Gaugers

Board Operator, Gauger, Pumper, Refinery Operator

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What they do:
Operate or control 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters to detect and report any possible problems.
  • Start pumps and open valves or use automated equipment to regulate the flow of oil in pipelines and into and out of tanks.
  • Control or operate manifold and pumping systems to circulate liquids through a petroleum refinery.


Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Visual Understanding

  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing


  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology In Demand

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Industrial control software

  • Programmable logic controller PLC software In Demand
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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