A pumper is a person who works in the energy industry, usually as part of field crews in oil or natural gas extraction operations. The pumper's main job is to assure that wellheads located around fields across a wide area are properly maintained and working efficiently. The job involves logging data, checking and testing gauges, and performing minor repairs. The pumper also assists in maintaining a clean work area around wellheads and pumping areas. Companies that utilize hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) will also use pumpers in a more traditional role, assisting in the application of high-pressure water into an extraction site.
Many large oilfields now feature a great deal of automation in the extraction process, which carries oil to the surface and then on to pipeline facilities. Pumpers in these companies are normally the employees who help to maintain efficient operations of this equipment. The pumper creates notes regarding extraction volume. He or she also ensures that pumping volume remains at optimal levels and within safe parameters for each wellhead.
A pumper typically needs a high school diploma. Pumpers need to be accurate in recording data and have a good eye for details. Additionally, mechanical repair ability is a beneficial skill, and many employers look for pumpers with prior or related experience. While some pumpers work daytime hours, this can be a shift-based job requiring evening and overnight work.
Report on data, productivity, and oil sample analysis.
Operate equipment and adjust valves to increase efficiency of oil pumps.
Monitor oil pumps, visiting sites and reviewing remote data.
Lubricate, repair, maintain, and examine oil pumps and related pipelines.