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Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators - 53-7071.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Compressor Operator
  • Compressor Station Operator
  • Field Operator
  • Filler
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
  • Pipeline Systems Operator
  • Pipeline Technician
  • Plant Operator
  • Production Technician
  • Terminal Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
53-7000 Material Moving Workers
53-7070 Pumping Station Operators
53-7071.00 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

Related Occupations


  • Adjust valves and equipment to obtain specified performance.
  • Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, and replace filters and gaskets, using hand tools.
  • Connect pipelines between pumps and containers that are being filled or emptied.
  • Maintain each station by performing general housekeeping duties such as painting, washing, and cleaning.
  • Monitor meters and pressure gauges to determine consumption rate variations, temperatures, and pressures.
  • Move controls and turn valves to start compressor engines, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Operate power-driven pumps that transfer liquids, semi-liquids, gases, or powdered materials.
  • Read gas meters, and maintain records of the amounts of gas received and dispensed from holders.
  • Record instrument readings and operational changes in operating logs.
  • Respond to problems by adjusting control room equipment or instructing other personnel to adjust equipment at problem locations or in other control areas.
  • Submit daily reports on facility operations.
  • Take samples of gases and conduct chemical tests to determine gas quality and sulfur or moisture content, or send samples to laboratories for analysis.
  • Turn knobs or switches to regulate pressures.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean machinery or equipment.
  • Collect samples for analysis or testing.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Direct maintenance or repair activities.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Test materials, solutions, or samples.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Support Equipmentman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Gas-Compressor Operator
  • Gas-Pumping-Station Operator