Oil pumpers work primarily in oil fields and rigs to extract oil from the earth; they operate pumps to extract the oil, and supporting equipment to transfer it from gas wells into containers. They also install equipment and operate it while paying close attention to various gauges and meters.
On a given day, an oil pumper may travel from place to place to reach various wells and optimize pumping productivity. Reports of daily production must be kept, usually electronically, and these reports include oil density and quantity and the contents of storage tanks. Success in this job is measured by meeting production goals and staying within budgets, and all duties must be carried out according to company policies and local and federal laws regarding safety and health. When discrepancies such as spills are noticed, they must be reported immediately to management.
Strong physical endurance is necessary to perform the duties of this job, including the abilities to stand and walk for long periods of time, lift heavy objects, climb, bend, stoop, and withstand uncomfortable work conditions such as extreme heat. There may be a test to determine physical ability, including a vision and hearing test. Mathematical skills are also necessary. A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement, and some employers require prior experience in pumping while others provide entry-level jobs.
Oil Pumper Tasks
Monitor oil pumps, visiting sites and reviewing remote data.
Lubricate, repair, maintain, and examine oil pumps and related pipelines.
Report on data, productivity, and oil sample analysis.
Operate equipment and adjust valves to increase efficiency of oil pumps.