Job Description for A-Operator
An A-Operator is vital to any oil-welling organization. The A-Operator must operate the production facility, whether it is on land or offshore. A primary responsibility for the A-Operator is to test, maintain and inspect equipment to ensure proper function. This includes both testing the systems and cleaning them on a regular basis. The A-Operator is in charge of the unit of operators at each station, so interpersonal skills are essential as A-Operators will lead and delegate tasks to the lower-level operators.Read More...
All A-Operates must have at least a competency level in treating and handling hazardous chemicals. One job requirement is being adept at coordinating logistics for the facility onsite. Another requirement is being organized, due to the high-risk nature of the chemicals and materials used. Additional job duties include filling out paperwork for both customers and government agencies. Some advanced computer knowledge is essential to this job.
At least two years of experience as an A-Operator at another well is required. Additional experience as a B-Operator or a C-Operator is not required but is helpful. Hydrogen sulfide gas or H2S training is essential to this job and required by law. Also required is PEC Core Compliance training. This must be updated yearly to comply with environmental regulations. Crane certification, specifically for hydraulic drilling, is also required but can be obtained during job training. Additional training in production safety system T-2 is required by the Department of the Interior to comply with all government and environmental regulations.
- Under direct supervision, responsible for performing operations and maintenance duties on a platform production facility.
- Starts, operates, inspects and performs routine maintenance of facility equipment.
- Notifies supervisory personnel of production and maintenance issues that require corrective action.
- Enters production data in computer of handwritten logs and reports.
- Monitors and interprets meters, gauges, pumps, compressors, instrument readings and charts.
Common Career Paths for A-Operator
For A-Operators, progressing to a Production Supervisor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Production Supervisor can earn $51K annually. As A-Operators progress in their field, many go on to become Heavy Equipment Operators. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $42K per year. Another common career choice for A-Operators is to move into a Production Operator role. Typically, Production Operators get paid $36K.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
A-Operators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $38K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $44K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, A-Operators make a median salary of $45K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $62K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.
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