Gas Compressor Operator

Oversee proper gas distribution from compressor to job site.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Gas Compressor Operators do?

Gas Compressor Operators work with gas compression equipment in a variety of industries (think natural gas lines, construction sites, or manufacturing facilities). As a Gas Compressor Operator, you transfer, compress, and recover various types of gases, and are responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, operating, and repairing compressors.

Following guidelines and schedules created by Petroleum Engineers or other Supervisors, Gas Compressor Operators monitor and regulate the flow of gas to engines, pumps, and other equipment. For example, when working on a construction site, you’re responsible for maintaining the flow of gas to all gas-powered equipment.

Utilizing your keen attention to detail, you monitor all gauges and meters to ensure that the gas compressor functions as it should. When trouble is detected, you step in and make the necessary repairs or adjustments, and give recommendations on what should be done next.

Keeping track of the operation of all equipment requires a working knowledge of computers. This lets you maintain the operation log. Information gathered on the temperature of the machine, flow of gas, and overall performance is used to determine best practices and ways to improve functionality.

Overall physical fitness makes your work easier, as you’ll be required to stand, walk, climb, twist, and lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout your workday. Rather than being stuck inside an office all day, you enjoy the fresh air and beauty of nature as you often work outdoors.

Should I be a Gas Compressor Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

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    How to become a Gas Compressor Operator

    Most Gas Compressor Operators 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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