Pump technicians are responsible for the maintenance for pump machinery, including inspecting pumps, ensuring they are in working order, troubleshooting, and other hands-on maintenance and repair work. Typically, they work with pumps which are used to transport oil and natural gas, as this is what provides most of the energy in the United States. In other cases, they may work for factories or construction companies which employ the use of pumps for other reasons.
Duties of pump technicians include a good deal of shop work, such as disassembling and reassembling pumps and other mechanical equipment. Aside from repairing and troubleshooting, they are also involved with day-to-day inspections and observations of the machinery in their workplace and must ensure that their work materials are in compliance with manufacturers' specifications. When working with oil and gas, they are responsible for starting and stopping flows with a team of workers. When overseeing the extraction of oil or gas, they may be responsible for recording data such as times and quantities.
Pump technicians work at on-site locations, most of which are outdoors. They interact regularly with their contractors and members of their team and typically work in shifts of eight hours or longer. Shifts are usually within traditional business hours, but some companies may employ these technicians on nights or weekends. Educational requirements are not strict, but some employers may prefer applicants who have a trade school diploma. Most employers prefer those who have at least two years of experience with repairing various types of pumps.
Pump Technician Tasks
Participate in rigging up, connecting hoses, delivery of product to location.
Report all operational deficiencies to supervisor and maintenance personnel.
Maintain assigned equipment, and perform daily inspections to ensure compliance with operational and safety requirements.
Complete pre- and post- trip inspections and fuel, clean and service the units.
Maintain all required log books and inspection reports.