Gas Plant Operators

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Operation Monitoring: 4.62
  • Operation and Control: 3.88
  • Monitoring: 3.5
  • Quality Control Analysis: 3.5
  • Troubleshooting: 3.38
  • Reading Comprehension: 3.38
  • Critical Thinking: 3.38
  • Speaking: 3.25
  • Active Listening: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Active Learning: 3.12
  • Coordination: 3.12
  • Complex Problem Solving: 3.12
  • Repairing: 3
  • Writing: 3
  • Equipment Maintenance: 3
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 3
  • Mathematics: 2.75
  • Instructing: 2.75
  • Equipment Selection: 2.75
  • Systems Analysis: 2.62
  • Time Management: 2.62
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 2.62
  • Social Perceptiveness: 2.62
  • Negotiation: 2.62
  • Persuasion: 2.5
  • Learning Strategies: 2.5
  • Systems Evaluation: 2.5
  • Science: 2
  • Service Orientation: 1.88
  • Technology Design: 1.38
  • Operations Analysis: 1.38
  • Management of Material Resources: 1.12
  • Management of Financial Resources: 1
  • Programming: 0.88
  • Installation: 0.12
CORE TASKS
  • Monitor transportation and storage of flammable and other potentially dangerous products to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
  • Monitor equipment functioning, observe temperature, level, and flow gauges, and perform regular unit checks to ensure that all equipment is operating as it should.
  • Control operation of compressors, scrubbers, evaporators, and refrigeration equipment to liquefy, compress, or regasify natural gas.
  • Start and shut down plant equipment.
  • Record, review, and compile operations records, test results, and gauge readings such as temperatures, pressures, concentrations, and flows.
  • Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, or transfer of gas to maintain processes at required levels or to correct problems.
  • Clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using hand tools, or request that repair and maintenance work be performed.
  • Collaborate with other operators to solve unit problems.
  • Determine causes of abnormal pressure variances, and make corrective recommendations, such as installation of pipes to relieve overloading.
  • Read logsheets to determine product demand and disposition, or to detect malfunctions.
  • Test gas, chemicals, and air during processing to assess factors such as purity and moisture content, and to detect quality problems or gas or chemical leaks.
  • Contact maintenance crews when necessary.
  • Change charts in recording meters.

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