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Gas Plant Operators - 51-8092.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Compressor Station Operator
  • Engine Room Operator
  • Gas Controller
  • Gas Dispatcher
  • Gas Plant Operator
  • Gas System Operator
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Specialist (LNG Specialist)
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Technician (LNG Technician)
  • Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
  • Plant Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-8000 Plant and System Operators
51-8090 Miscellaneous Plant and System Operators
51-8092.00 Gas Plant Operators

Related Occupations


  • Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, or transfer of gas to maintain processes at required levels or to correct problems.
  • Calculate gas ratios to detect deviations from specifications, using testing apparatus.
  • Change charts in recording meters.
  • Clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using hand tools, or request that repair and maintenance work be performed.
  • Collaborate with other operators to solve unit problems.
  • Contact maintenance crews when necessary.
  • Control equipment to regulate flow and pressure of gas to feedlines of boilers, furnaces, and related steam-generating or heating equipment.
  • Control fractioning columns, compressors, purifying towers, heat exchangers, and related equipment to extract nitrogen and oxygen from air.
  • Control operation of compressors, scrubbers, evaporators, and refrigeration equipment to liquefy, compress, or regasify natural gas.
  • Determine causes of abnormal pressure variances, and make corrective recommendations, such as installation of pipes to relieve overloading.
  • Distribute or process gas for utility companies or industrial plants, using panel boards, control boards, and semi-automatic equipment.
  • Monitor equipment functioning, observe temperature, level, and flow gauges, and perform regular unit checks to ensure that all equipment is operating as it should.
  • Monitor transportation and storage of flammable and other potentially dangerous products to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
  • Operate construction equipment to install and maintain gas distribution systems.
  • Read logsheets to determine product demand and disposition, or to detect malfunctions.
  • Record, review, and compile operations records, test results, and gauge readings such as temperatures, pressures, concentrations, and flows.
  • Signal or direct workers who tend auxiliary equipment.
  • Start and shut down plant equipment.
  • Test gas, chemicals, and air during processing to assess factors such as purity and moisture content, and to detect quality problems or gas or chemical leaks.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
  • Advise others on ways to improve processes or products.
  • Analyze test results.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions.
  • Direct operational or production activities.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Operate natural gas distribution equipment.
  • Operate natural gas generation equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Bulk Fuel Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cryogenics Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fuels (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fuels Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fuels Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fuels Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fuels Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fuels Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Low Pressure Electrolyzer (LPE) Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Works Utilities Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Fuel Attendant
  • Liquefaction-and-Regasification-Plant Operator
  • Liquefaction-Plant Operator
  • Oxygen-Plant Operator
  • Pressure Controller