Pump Operators

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Pump Operators - Preparation

To work as a pump operator, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

No formal education is required for this occupation beyond high school.

Work experience

Any experience safely operating equipment can help you get a trainee position. Wellhead pumpers typically need one to five years of related work experience.

On-the-job training

Pump operators learn their skills on the job. You work closely with an experienced operator. You may begin as an assistant and help set up, dismantle, and service the equipment. As you gain experience, you work on more difficult tasks. The length of training varies by employer and the type of pump. Training can last up to one year.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be petroleum supply specialists. Training lasts four to eight weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

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