Gas Plant Operator

Inspect pipe networks to make sure natural gas is flowing safely.

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Salary Range
$39,000 – $78,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Gas Plant Operators do?

Gas Plant Operators are responsible for making sure that natural gas is moving safely through the pipelines, and that the gas leaving the plant is pure and ready for use. Since natural gas is incredibly volatile, it’s incredibly dangerous. If pressure is allowed to build up in the pipes, an explosion could occur. It’s this sense of danger that keeps Gas Plant Operators alert and on their toes during the entire workday, even if they forget to drink their morning coffee.

As a Gas Plant Operator, you spend much of your day analyzing data. You look at the pressure gauges to make sure the gas is flowing without obstruction. You also examine temperature readings inside the pipes to detect early signs of problems. Additionally, you take samples to check that no impurities are infiltrating the gas itself.

If you spot a problem, you move quickly. You divert gas from one pipe to another. Then you look for leaks and faulty equipment, and repair them. If you can’t make those repairs yourself, you call in a Technician to tackle the job.

You inspect your equipment weekly to make sure it’s operating normally. You also conduct routine maintenance on it, such as oil changes and belt replacements, to ensure that it doesn’t malfunction when it’s needed.

Each step you take during your workday must be recorded. This allows your Supervisors to check your work, and to keep track of small changes that could add up to big problems.

Should I be a Gas Plant Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Gas Distribution Plant Operator, Gas Operator, Gas Plant Dispatcher, Gas Processing Plant Operator, Gas Producer See More

    How to become a Gas Plant Operator

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