Wash Oil Pump Operator

Operate a variety of pumps to extract light oil from coke-oven gas.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Wash Oil Pump Operators do?

Operates variety of pumps and auxiliary equipment, following standard procedures to extract light oil from coke-oven gas: Turns valves and starts pumps to admit gas and wash oil to still and steam to heating coil. Reads gauges and thermometers and regulates pumps to control temperature, pressure, and rate of flow of materials. Pumps washed gas to processing station or storage. Admits steam to coil to separate light oil from wash oil. Pumps light oil to benzol plant or storage and wash oil through heat exchangers and coolers for reuse in system. Drains water and sludge from tanks. Cleans gaugelines, gauge glasses, and decanters. Records oil and water temperatures and quantity of light oil extracted.


Should I be a Wash Oil Pump Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Light-Oil Operator, Oilfield Plant and Field Operator, Wash-Oil-Cooler Operator, Waste Oil Pumper

    How to become a Wash Oil Pump Operator

    Most Wash Oil Pump 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:9chaaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%2810%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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