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Fracking and Acidizing Pump Operator

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

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Utilizing real-time data under dynamic job conditions and communicating the results to the appropriate personnel on location.
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Practicing all health, safety and environment (HSE) practices and guidelines.
Holding pre- and post-job safety meetings to define the risks to personnel and the environment.
Applying Information
Promoting improvements and best practices for the delivery of services.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Assisting in equipment function checks.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Coordinating the clean up, repair and preparation of equipment for the next job.
Working with others to ensure high operating efficiency and safety.
Determining Compliance
Ensuring compliance with health, safety and environment (HSE) standards and guidelines.
Documenting/Recording Information
Documenting maintenance activities.
Handling and Moving Objects
Assisting in the clean-up and preparation for a job.
Performing the rig-up and rig-down on a location and preparing equipment for a job.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Assisting or performing the pre- and post-job equipment inspection.
Maintaining Relationships
Promoting excellent customer relations at the worksite.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources
Maintaining equipment inventory.
Maintaining the inventory of spare parts and raw materials for operations.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring gauges to adjust the density, pressure and rates of fluids.
Monitoring operating equipment.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating equipment to perform services on the job site.
Performing Administrative Activities
Completing the necessary paperwork, such as work orders and compliance sheets.
Performing General Physical Activities
Re-packing triplex and quint pumps during routine maintenance.
Processing Information
Performing data collection and data distribution on jobs.
Collecting the data required to control fracking operations.
Quality Assurance
Ensuring customer satisfaction with the work performed.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Assisting in preventative maintenance procedures.
Maintaining support equipment, such as pumps and treating lines.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Developing skills to operate various PSL specific equipment.
Developing skills to identify, maintain and troubleshoot equipment.
Learning how to operate and maintain the basic electronics used on pumping and blending equipment.
Developing an understanding of the Performance Improvement Initiative (Pll) and how the PII objectives impact the job.
Public Safety and Security
Equipment Maintenance
Operation and Control
Operation Monitoring
Equipment Selection
Career Path
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Working Conditions
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
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    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
Transferable Sectors
  • Forestry and logging
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Truck transportation
Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Oilfield Driver Awareness


  • Class 1 licence (with air brake endorsement) and a clean driving record

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test