Gas or Petroleum Operators operate equipment to pump oil and gas from wellheads, and refine and process petroleum products.

Also known as: Oil and Gas Well Treatment Operator; Oil, Gas and Pipe Tester; or Petroleum and Gas Refining and Pumping Operator.

Specialisations: Gas Compressor Turbine Operator, Petroleum Blending Plant Operator, Petroleum Terminal Plant Operator, Refinery Pipeline Operator.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in process plant operations is needed to work as a Gas or Petroleum Operator. Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Controls equipment that performs continuous and batch processes to process natural gas, manufacture refined petroleum products, and blend petroleum base stocks to produce commercial fuels, lubricating oils and asphalt.
  • Controls the preparation, measuring and feeding of raw material and processing agents into plant.
  • Patrols and inspects equipment to ensure proper operation and sets operating controls on equipment.
  • Analyses samples and readings and records test data.
  • Controls records of production, quantities transferred and details of blending and pumping operations.
  • Checks equipment for malfunctions and arranges maintenance.
  • Writes reports and maintains records on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations.
  • Carries out routine operating tests.

More about Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators

All Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators

  • $3,082 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Gas and Petroleum Operators

  • 4,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 96% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 57 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Gas and Petroleum Operators (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 3,800 in 2011 to 4,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Gas and Petroleum Operators work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Manufacturing; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (96%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 57 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Mining46.5
Manufacturing27.5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8.7
Construction4.0
Other Industries13.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateGas and Petroleum OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW10.831.6
VIC20.225.6
QLD29.120.0
SA9.07.0
WA26.410.8
TAS0.82.0
NT3.81.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGas and Petroleum OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-241.5-9.39.3
25-3420.4-22.922.9
35-4430.6-22.022.0
45-5430.4-21.621.6
55-5910.8-9.09.0
60-644.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationGas and Petroleum OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV56.3-21.121.1
Year 129.7-18.118.1
Year 113.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.9-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in process plant operations is needed to work as a Gas or Petroleum Operator. Traineeships may be available.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    61% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Education and training

    50% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Engineering and technology

    42% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Public safety and security

    42% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Dangerous conditions

    98% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    94% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-8093.00 - Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers.

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