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Petroleum Pump System Operators

Our Petroleum Industry is Thriving and Steadily Hiring

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers control the operation of petroleum refining and 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. They must work as a team with other operators to maintain a large operation. 

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
  • Accessible Training Available at Local Colleges
  • Numerous Job Openings & Shift Options
  • A Rewarding Career for the highly skilled and motivated



Want to Enter a Growing Part of the Oil & Gas Field?

3% Growth

Estimates show an annual job opening of over 545, with opportunities available in several industries tied to oil and gas.

Growth 16 Retirement 113 Transfer 416

Get a Head Start Right out of High School!

High School Endorsement: Business & Industry

Don't worry if more school is not for you! The minimum requirement to start your career as a Petroleum Pump System Operator is a high school diploma followed by over 1 year of on-the-job-training.

However, more 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 due to strong knowledge of computer technology, math and science gained from its completion. 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 course 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.

Current Petroleum Pump Systems Operators Education Levels*


Doctoral degree
Master's degree
Bachelor's degree
Associate's degree
Postsecondary non-degree
High school diploma
Less than a HS diploma

*Source: CareerOneStop

Petroleum Pump System Operator Programs

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Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region


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

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