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Wellhead Pumpers - 53-7073.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Field Operator
  • Lease Attendant
  • Lease Operator
  • Oilfield Plant Operator
  • Pumper
  • Well Field Technician
  • Well Head Pumper
  • Well Tender
  • Wellhead Pumper

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Attach pumps and hoses to wellheads.
  • Change water filters.
  • Control pumping and blending equipment to acidize, cement, or fracture gas or oil wells and permeable rock formations.
  • Drive trucks to transport high-pressure pumping equipment, and chemicals, fluids, or gases to be pumped into wells.
  • Gauge oil and gas production.
  • Mix acids, chemicals, or dry cement as required for a specific job.
  • Monitor control panels during pumping operations to ensure that materials are being pumped at the correct pressure, density, rate, and concentration.
  • Monitor pumps and flow lines for gas and fluid leaks.
  • Open valves to return compressed gas to bottoms of specified wells to repressurize them and force oil to surface.
  • Operate engines and pumps to shut off wells according to production schedules, and to switch flow of oil into storage tanks.
  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles and equipment.
  • Prepare trucks and equipment necessary for the type of pumping service required.
  • Repair gas and oil meters and gauges.
  • Start compressor engines and divert oil from storage tanks into compressor units and auxiliary equipment to recover natural gas from oil.
  • Supervise oil pumpers and other workers engaged in producing oil from wells.
  • Unload and assemble pipes and pumping equipment, using hand tools.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Calculate weights, volumes or other characteristics of materials.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Direct material handling or moving activities.
  • Inspect gas systems or components to identify leaks or other potential hazards.
  • Install machine or equipment replacement parts.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition.
  • Measure equipment outputs.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
  • Prepare chemicals for work application.
  • Repair precision devices or workpieces.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Fuels Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Bulk Fuel System (Shore) Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Oil Pumper
  • Pumper, Head