Nitrogen Operator

Regulate the flow of nitrogen gas to and from pumps and tankers.
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Salary Range
$36,000 – $73,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Nitrogen Operators do?

Nitrogen is necessary for a vast number of products that people use every day, from chip bags to airplane tires. It is produced at plants for commercial, medical, and petroleum industries. As a Nitrogen Operator, you run the equipment that produces, pressurizes, and contains that nitrogen for later use.

The plant is a busy place and as a Nitrogen Operator you understand that. Machines hum, lights blink, gauge needles sway, and you monitor it all. You might work at one station, observing one or two pieces of equipment, or travel down the line, performing a variety of tasks, as a Nitrogen Operator.

For some jobs, you might even drive a truck, transferring the nitrogen from the plant to another location. Once there, you set up and operate equipment, then dismantle it afterward and move to another location or back to the plant.

The exact nature of your position depends on what the product will be used for. Some plants produce nitrogen for medical uses, and others for oil and gas production. Other businesses use it when they make light bulbs or fertilizer, or when they fill kegs with beer. Still others include it in the process of manufacturing stainless steel, refrigerants, paint ball guns, or beverages.

In or out of the plant, you understand how nitrogen works, along with all the equipment used to purge gasoline pipelines, inflate tires on airplanes, or perform a number of other duties. So you gather samples, monitor pressure gauges, take measurements, keep careful records, and consolidate your findings into reports.


Should I be a Nitrogen Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Denitrator

    How to become a Nitrogen Operator

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