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Head Pumper

Operate pumps and equipment to produce flow of oil in the oil fields.

What does a Head Pumper do?

Operates pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce artificial flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field: Starts pumps and opens valves to pump oil from wells into storage tanks. Starts compressor engines and diverts oil from storage tanks into compressor units and auxiliary equipment to recover natural gas from oil. Opens valves to return compressed gas to bottoms of specified wells to repressurize them and force oil to surface. Operates engines and pumping units from central powerplant to shut off wells according to production schedule and to switch flow of oil into unfilled storage tanks. Reads tank gauges and pump meters, and keeps production records. May supervise OIL PUMPERS and other workers engaged in producing oil from wells. May repair gas and oil meters and gauges [INSTRUMENT MECHANIC].