Air Compressor Operator

Tend compressors to supply air for pneumatic tools, hoists and air lances.
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Salary Range
$33,000 – $74,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Air Compressor Operators do?

Tends air compressors driven by steam, electric, or gasoline powered units, to generate and supply compressed air for operation of pneumatic tools, hoists, and air lances: Starts power unit to build up specified pressure in compressor. Adjusts controls or sets automatic controls to maintain continuous air supply to pneumatic tools or equipment. Observes temperature and pressure gauges and adjusts controls accordingly. Lubricates and cleans equipment. May connect pipelines from compressor to pneumatic tools or equipment. May repair low pressure steam boilers that furnish power for air compressor units by disassembling unit of boiler and replacing damaged parts, using handtools. May be designated according to type of equipment operated as Air-Compressor Operator, Stationary; Compressor Operator, Portable.


Should I be an Air Compressor Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Air Compressor Engineer, Air-Compressor Operator, Stationary, Compressor Operator, Compressor Operator, Portable See More

    How to become an Air Compressor Operator

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