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Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers - 53-7072.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Tend, control, or operate power-driven, stationary, or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries, or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Chemical Operator
  • Day Light Relief Operator
  • Logistics Technician
  • Outside Operator
  • Pipeline Operator
  • Process Operator
  • Pump Station Operator
  • Pumper
  • Purification Operator
  • Tank Car Loader

SOC Occupation Groups

53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
53-7000 Material Moving Workers
53-7070 Pumping Station Operators
53-7072.00 Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers

Related Occupations


  • Add chemicals and solutions to tanks to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Clean, lubricate, and repair pumps and vessels, using hand tools and equipment.
  • Collect and deliver sample solutions for laboratory analysis.
  • Communicate with other workers, using signals, radios, or telephones, to start and stop flows of materials or substances.
  • Connect hoses and pipelines to pumps and vessels prior to material transfer, using hand tools.
  • Monitor gauges and flowmeters and inspect equipment to ensure that tank levels, temperatures, chemical amounts, and pressures are at specified levels, reporting abnormalities as necessary.
  • Plan movement of products through lines to processing, storage, and shipping units, using knowledge of interconnections and capacities of pipelines, valve manifolds, pumps, and tankage.
  • Pump two or more materials into one tank to blend mixtures.
  • Read operating schedules or instructions or receive verbal orders to determine amounts to be pumped.
  • Record operating data such as products and quantities pumped, stocks used, gauging results, and operating times.
  • Tend auxiliary equipment such as water treatment and refrigeration units, and heat exchangers.
  • Tend vessels that store substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials, checking levels of substances by using calibrated rods or by reading mercury gauges and tank charts.
  • Test materials and solutions, using testing equipment.
  • Turn valves and start pumps to start or regulate flows of substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean machinery or equipment.
  • Collect samples for analysis or testing.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Load materials into equipment for processing.
  • Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition.
  • Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids.
  • Monitor cargo area conditions.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
  • Plan work operations.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
  • Test materials, solutions, or samples.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Fuels Below Deck Operations Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Fuels Flight Deck Operations Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Fuels Shore Base Operations Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Support Equipmentman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Bulk Fuel Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryogenics Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Bulk Fuel System (Shore) Technician (Navy - 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)
  • Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinists Mate (Weapons) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Auxiliary (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinists Mate, Nuclear Power (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Petroleum Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Petroleum Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Brine-Well Operator
  • Cable Maintainer
  • Engineer, Exhauster
  • Gas-Transfer Operator
  • Grease-and-Tallow Pumper
  • Liquor-Bridge Operator
  • Monitor Car Operator
  • Pigment Pumper
  • Pumper
  • Pumper, Brewery
  • Receiver, Fermenting Cellars
  • Station Engineer, Main Line
  • Still-Pump Operator
  • Tank Pumper, Panelboard
  • Tank Tender
  • Tank-Farm Attendant
  • Tapper
  • Utility Operator III
  • Utility Worker, Production
  • Wash-Oil-Pump Operator