Gas and Oil Plant Operators

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Gas and Oil Plant Operators

Gas and Oil Plant Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, gas and oil plant operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of coworkers.
  • Have a medium level of contact with other workers.
  • Communicate with others by telephone, face-to-face discussions, e-mail, letters, and memos.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
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  • Often work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors. Gaugers are more likely to work outdoors.
  • Wear work gloves and hardhats on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to loud and distracting sounds and noise levels on a daily basis.
  • Are frequently exposed to contaminants.
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  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous conditions. Gaugers and gas processing operators are more likely to be around hazardous conditions.
  • Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures.
  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous equipment and situations that may result in cuts, burns, or scrapes.
  • Sometimes must reach high places to complete a task.
  • Sometimes must get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
  • Occasionally must work in very bright or very dim lighting conditions.
  • May work physically near others.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their job. Errors could create serious safety hazards.
  • Must let the equipment determine the work pace.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Regularly make decisions that greatly impact coworkers and their employers.
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  • Often act without consulting another person first.
  • Set some, but not all, of their daily tasks and goals without consulting a supervisor first.
  • Must meet daily and weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work full time.
  • May work days, evenings, or night shifts. Some employers offer alternative schedules, such as four days on and four days off.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.