Profession petroleum pump system operator

Petroleum pump system operators tend pumps that keep the circulation of oil and derived products running smoothly. They monitor the flow within the pipes at a refinery and test the equipment to ensure minimum disruptions. Pump systems operators work from a highly automated control room, where they communicate with other workers to coordinate pump actvities. Pump system operators undertake minor repairs and maintenance, and report as called for.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Mechanical tools

    Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.

Skills

  • Inspect pipelines

    Walk flow lines to identify damage or leaks; use electronic detection equipment and conduct visual inspections.

  • Operate oil pumping systems

    Manipulate control panels to adjust pressure and temperature and to direct product flow rate. Control oil pumping systems; monitor liquid circulation in petroleum refinery.

  • Synchronise pumphouse activities

    Ensure synchronicity between pump houses; pursue continuous product flow and minimal product contamination.

  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

  • Coordinate remote communications

    Direct network and radio communications between different operational units. Receive and transfer further radio or telecom messages or calls. These might include messages from the public, or the emergency services.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Operate hydraulic pumps

    Operate hydraulic pumping systems.

  • Collect oil samples

    Collect petroleum product samples by turning bleed valves; insert container into tank to obtain sample material.

  • Control pumping operations in petroleum production

    Control plant operations and gas and oil pumping equipment. Monitor gauges and monitors and control the equipment to make sure the extraction proceeds efficiently and safely.

  • Verify oil circulation

    Ensure that incoming and outgoing materials circulate through correct meters; ensure that meters work properly.

  • Set equipment controls

    Manipulate equipment controls to produce required volumes and required product quality. Take into account lab recommendations, schedules and test results.

  • Manage emergency procedures

    React quickly in case of emergency and set planned emergency procedures in motion.

Optional knowledge and skills

mathematics mechanics write production reports maintain mechanical equipment adjust tightness of pump components keep task records

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