Pump Operators

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Pump Operators

Pump Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, pump operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.