Gas Plant Operators

Manufacturing > Production

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

Common job titles of Gas Plant Operators include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 43.37% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 39.13% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, or transfer of gas to maintain processes at required levels or to correct problems.

    Contact maintenance crews when necessary.

    Read logsheets to determine product demand and disposition, or to detect malfunctions.

    Control operation of compressors, scrubbers, evaporators, and refrigeration equipment to liquefy, compress, or regasify natural gas.

    Change charts in recording meters.

    Signal or direct workers who tend auxiliary equipment.

    Start and shut down plant equipment.

    Record, review, and compile operations records, test results, and gauge readings such as temperatures, pressures, concentrations, and flows.

    Monitor equipment functioning, observe temperature, level, and flow gauges, and perform regular unit checks to ensure that all equipment is operating as it should.

    Clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using hand tools, or request that repair and maintenance work be performed.

    Collaborate with other operators to solve unit problems.

    Test gas, chemicals, and air during processing to assess factors such as purity and moisture content, and to detect quality problems or gas or chemical leaks.

    Determine causes of abnormal pressure variances, and make corrective recommendations, such as installation of pipes to relieve overloading.

    Monitor transportation and storage of flammable and other potentially dangerous products to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.

    Calculate gas ratios to detect deviations from specifications, using testing apparatus.

    Control equipment to regulate flow and pressure of gas to feedlines of boilers, furnaces, and related steam-generating or heating equipment.

    Distribute or process gas for utility companies or industrial plants, using panel boards, control boards, and semi-automatic equipment.

    Control fractioning columns, compressors, purifying towers, heat exchangers, and related equipment to extract nitrogen and oxygen from air.

    Operate construction equipment to install and maintain gas distribution systems.


Triethylene glycol TEG dehydrators


Tank farms

Sulfur units

Sulfur recovery units


Socket sets

All Tools

Refrigeration compressors

Reciprocating natural gas compressors


Punch sets

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Power generation engines

Positive displacement PD pumps

Personal computers

Nitrogen rejection units

Multipurpose screwdrivers

Mole-sieve dehyrdation systems

Mini hacksaws

Laboratory scrubbers

Heat exchangers

Glycol dehydration systems

Gas-powered turbines

Gas sampling equipment

Gas pumps

Gas measurement equipment

Gas distribution control valves

Gas compressor systems

Gas chromatographs GC

Forklift trucks

Fluid separation equipment

Electric boilers

Digital multimeters

Digital micrometers

Digital calipers

Cryogenic plant

Cordless power drills

Condensate stabilizer equipment

Chain hoists

Centrifugal pumps

Amine treating plant

Adjustable hand wrenches

Acid gas compressors


Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Operating log software

Quorum PGAS

Work scheduling software


Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


Focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Auditory Attention

Quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Perceptual Speed

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Occupation Sections



Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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