On the Job
Wellhead Pumpers operate power pumps and related equipment to cause oil or gas to flow from wells in an oil field.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect gas systems or components to identify leaks or other potential hazards.
- Measure equipment outputs.
- Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
- Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
- Control pumps or pumping equipment.
- Maintain vehicles in good working condition.
- Calculate weights, volumes or other characteristics of materials.
- Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
- Install machine or equipment replacement parts.
Typical Working Conditions
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Working in a closed vehicle or equipment.
- Having telephone conversations.
- Exposure to hazardous conditions.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working with a group or team.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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