Gas and Oil Plant Operators


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Gas and Oil Plant Operators

Gas and Oil Plant Operators - Physical Demands

Gas and oil plant operators frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Stand for long periods of time.

It is important for gas and oil plant operators to be able to:

  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
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  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for gas and oil plant operators to be able to:

  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
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  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Move arms and legs quickly.
  • See objects in very bright or glaring light.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side.
  • Determine from which direction a sound came.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.