In a typical work setting, pump operators:
- Have a medium to high level of social interaction. They talk to others primarily by telephone and face-to-face discussions.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other operators and assistants.
- Often work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work indoors to monitor equipment. Sometimes work outdoors when repairing equipment.
- Wear protective and safety attire on a daily basis.
- Sometimes wear ear protection, because they may be exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous conditions and situations.
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- Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
- Are sometimes exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures while working outdoors.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
- Are sometimes exposed to high places while trying to reach a specific work site.
- May have to work in very bright or very dim lighting, depending on the time of day and weather conditions.
- May travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.
- May work physically near others.
- Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could cause oil or natural gas leaks, which can harm the environment.
- Often make decisions that affect customers, coworkers, and their company's reputation. They may seek input before making important decisions.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Set most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
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- Must match the pace of work with the speed of equipment.
- Must meet weekly and monthly deadlines.
- Usually work 40 hours per week.
- May work days, evenings, or weekends to meet production schedules.