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Petroleum Pump System Operators

Region's Petroleum Industry is Thriving and Steadily Hiring

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers control the operation of petroleum refining or processing units. This task is performed by operating steam or electric-driven pumps to circulate crude, semi processed, and finished petroleum products, water, and chemical solution through processing, storage, and shipping departments. Petroleum pump system operators are in short supply. Many system operators will retire in the next five to 10 years.

Why consider a career as a Petroleum PumpSystem Operator, Refinery Operator, or Gauger? Why consider a career as a Petroleum Pump System Operator?

  • Good benefits and pay
  • Excellent training available at local colleges
  • Numerous job openings with multiple shift options
  • A rewarding career for the highly skilled and motivated



Want to Earn Top Pay?

Want to earn top pay?

Nearly 300 new jobs in the region every year, and opportunities are available in several industries tied to oil and gas.

Job opportunities are available in several industries tied to oil and gas.

Start Early and Be Prepared!

Most companies in the Gulf Coast Region are working toward a requirement for individuals to obtain an associate's degree in Process Technology. A degree in Process Technology can open the doors to getting a job in a number of fields including refinery operations, chemical plant operations, food processing, power generation, pharmaceuticals and more. At a minimum, companies require the completion of a Process Technology Certification Program. Once hired, companies usually require employees to pursue an associate's degree in Process Technology.

A strong knowledge of computer technology, math and science is required for successful completion of a Process Technology program. Strive to get good grades throughout high school and seek college preparatory and advanced placement programs. Be aware of admission application deadlines and take necessary action to apply in time. To get ahead, persons can take a Fast Track Certification class at their local community college while still in high school. Work with your high school and community college counselors to ensure that all credits will transfer. All companies require a drug test, background check and additional testing.

Preparing for a Career as a Petroleum Pump System Operator

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework


English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:

Algebra I

Languages other than English I


Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework


English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:


Languages other than English II


Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework


English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Manufacturing Systems

Algebra II

Communication Applications


PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework


English IV


Career-Related Electives:
Manufacturing Technology or Energy,
Power & Transportation Systems


Fine Arts



Petroleum Pump System Operator Programs

Community Colleges

Workforce Solutions is a regional partner with the Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance.

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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