Compressor Technician

Diagnose, repair, and maintain industrial gas and fluid-delivery pumps.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Compressor Technicians do?

Liquids such as lemonade and olive oil stream out of inverted containers with ease. But other materials, such as natural gas and oil, need a push to help them escape. Compressor machines supply that push, and the job of a Compressor Technician is to keep those machines running smoothly.

Compressor Technicians may work for a repair shop, or an oil and gas company. No matter where you work though, your job duties as a Compressor Technician will be much the same.

When a machine breaks, you use specialized equipment to diagnose the problem and determine the best way to fix it. Some repairs are quite small, requiring just a few replaced brackets and hoses. Others need you to completely disassemble the equipment, find the problem, and then put the equipment back together again.

You also perform routine maintenance on compressor equipment, making sure that the parts are well oiled and working without friction. You replace any worn gears and hoses, and run tests using the software that controls the equipment. This helps you ensure that the equipment is working properly, and that the software hasn’t been corrupted.

Compressor equipment is often quite large. You may be required to work on equipment while standing on it. To move these large pieces, you sometimes use cranes. So if you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, this position may not suit you perfectly.

Should I be a Compressor Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Compressor Engineer

    How to become a Compressor Technician

    Most Compressor Technicians have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iiaaa&chl=no+college+%2878%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%2811%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,78,78
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