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Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators

Operate systems that refine petroleum.

Quick Facts

Wages:

Well above the statewide median
$52.38 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

National Data
Growth rate:  5.6%    Read more about outlook

Education:

High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Monitor equipment fluid levels.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Operate energy distribution equipment.
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Job Title Examples:

Gas Dispatcher
Refinery Operator
Plant Operator

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages   This career pays well above the median wage.

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $52.38
Statewide median: $24.25

 

This is a very high-wage career. It pays well above the statewide median wage.


Wages for Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators *

Area Low Median High
U S
$36.23 $42.63 $50.03
Minnesota
$46.77 $52.38 $61.63
Northwest Minnesota
$31.30 $39.62 $45.85
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$51.96 $52.38 $61.63

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 580 workers employed in this very small career.

Where do Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators most often work?

 

Current Demand

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This career is currently in very low demand.

 

Future Demand

No data available.

 

Employment Outlook for Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators
Area Employment Employment Change
-10 0 Number Percent
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 40,600 42,800 2,300 5.6%



On the Job

 

Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators run systems that refine petroleum. They may specialize in certain types of systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.

 

Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

High School or less

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma7.3
High school diploma or equivalent39.7
Some college, no degree28.9
Associate degree13.8
Bachelors degree8.5
Masters degree1.7
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.1

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Moderate-term on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Transfer Options

 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Applied Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Computer Applications
  • Drafting
  • Electronics
  • Geometry
  • Industrial Technology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Technical Writing
  • Trigonometry

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators



Interests


Different careers may be a good fit for your personality or interests. This career is:

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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Monitoring information from a variety of sources to find problems.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Controlling machines and processes.
  • Making decisions or solving problems.
  • Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Using computers.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.

 

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Job Title Examples


Gas Dispatcher,  Refinery Operator,  Plant Operator,  Compressor Station Operator,  Crude Unit Operator,  Engine Room Operator,  Gas Controller,  Gas Plant Operator,  Gas System Operator,  Hydrotreater Operator,  Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator),  Liquified Natural Gas Specialist (LNG Specialist),  Liquified Natural Gas Technician (LNG Technician),  Outside Operator,  Unit Operator,  Pumper 

 

Where Do Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators Work?


Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators often work in the following industries.

 

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