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53-7073.00 - Wellhead Pumpers

Operate power pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field.

Sample of reported job titles: Gauger, Lease Operator, Multi-Skilled Operator, Oilfield Plant and Field Operator, Operations Technician, Production Operator, Pumper, Well Head Pumper, Well Tender, Wellhead Pumper

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Tasks

  • Monitor control panels during pumping operations to ensure that materials are being pumped at the correct pressure, density, rate, and concentration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate engines and pumps to shut off wells according to production schedules, and to switch flow of oil into storage tanks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair gas and oil meters and gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Unload and assemble pipes and pumping equipment, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach pumps and hoses to wellheads. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start compressor engines and divert oil from storage tanks into compressor units and auxiliary equipment to recover natural gas from oil. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Open valves to return compressed gas to bottoms of specified wells to repressurize them and force oil to surface. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise oil pumpers and other workers engaged in producing oil from wells. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive trucks to transport high-pressure pumping equipment, and chemicals, fluids, or gases to be pumped into wells. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare trucks and equipment necessary for the type of pumping service required. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Crescent wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Digital calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical pumps — Chemical injection pumps; Electrical chemical pumps; Mechanical chemical pumps; Pneumatic chemical pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circulating pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Depth gauges — Digital depth gauges; Gauging lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diesel engines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Downhole jet pumps — Hydraulic lift systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Hearing protection plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric downhole pumps — Insert pumps; Tubing pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eye wash stations See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Multipurpose fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fuse pullers — Fuse pulling tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas compressors — Beam gas compressors; Gas powered compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas engines — Four-cycle engines; Two-cycle engines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas gauges — Gas meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Gas powered generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Shop hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat exchangers — Heat exchanging units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hot water tank — Water heating tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Echometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Pickup trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mechanical rod pumps — Mechanical lifting pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mud pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil gauges — Oil level gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil samplers — Oil sampling tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil storage tanks — Oil retention tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil water separators — Oil separation tools; Wash tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil well heater treaters — Heat treaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plunger lift equipment — Plunger lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure calibrator — Dead weight testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges; Quartz pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Insulated gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Remote reading thermometers — Temperature recording instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Protective respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding — Pump jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Multipurpose screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spark plug wrench — Spark plug wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Storage tanks — Slop tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stuffing box — Stuffing boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Submersible pumps — Electric submersible pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Through tubing perforation guns — Jet guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Volumeters — Lease automatic lease custody LACT units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water storage tanks — Water disposal tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Well pumps — Natural gas lifts; Parallel pumps; Pumping wellheads See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Well testing separators — Test separators See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct material handling or moving activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 57% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 51% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 80% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 37% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 46% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 51% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 46% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 39% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 42% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 47% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 56% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 29% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 44% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 49% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 32% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
67   High school diploma or equivalent Help
13   Less than high school diploma
9   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $22.76 hourly, $47,340 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 16,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 8,000
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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