About This Career
Fracking and Acidizing Pump Operators operate a stimulation process to improve the productivity of wells in oil and gas formations that are difficult to bring into production.
Fracking Pump Operators operate equipment to pump fluids carrying sand or other proppants into the well with enough pressure to crack the rock formation and release the oil or gas. The fluids are pumped back out of the well while the sand is left behind to hold open the cracks in the rock formation and allow oil and gas to flow to the surface.
Acidizing Pump Operators pump acids into the rock formation to increase its permeability. Acids can also be used to remove scaling that otherwise prevents oil and gas from flowing into the well. Acidizing Pump Operators often conduct a series of acid compatibility tests to look for iron, acid strength and sludge in the formation.
Fracking Pump Operators and Acidizing Pump Operators must be able to transport equipment to and from the well location, safely rig in and operate the equipment, perform day-to-day inspection, servicing and maintenance of equipment and complete all required paperwork accurately and on-time.
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required. Basic mechanical skills and heavy hauling or off-road driving experience are assets.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Fracturing Operator, Frac Equipment Operator, Acid Equipment Operator, Fracking Pump Operator, Acidizing Pump Operator, Hydraulic Fracturing Operator
Long Periods of Standing
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Class 1 licence (with air brake endorsement) and a clean driving record
- Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test