- Oil and Gas Services
- High school diploma
About This Career
You operate well under pressure. Literally. You are in control of equipment that pump fluids to high pressures, which can be dangerous if not handled properly. You operate heavy-duty equipment that pumps chemicals, water, sand or other products into the rock formation to crack it and release the oil or gas. Fracking Pump Operators are responsible for getting the pump on location, rigging it up, and maintaining and operating it. As an Acidizing Pump Operator, you can also serve as a Fracking Pump Operator but you have very specialized knowledge. You pump acid into a rock formation to increase its permeability. Acids can also be used to remove scaling that otherwise prevents oil and gas from flowing into a well. Acidizing Pump Operators often conduct a series of acid compatibility tests to check for iron, acid strength and sludge.
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.
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.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Practicing all health, safety and environment (HSE) practices and guidelines
- Performing the rig-up and rig-down on a location and preparing equipment for a job
- Assisting or performing the pre-job and post-job equipment inspection
- Monitoring gauges to adjust the density, pressure and rates of fluids
- Operating equipment to perform services on the job site
- Collecting the data required to control fracking operations
A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required. Basic mechanical skills and heavy hauling or off-road driving experience are assets.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Oilfield Driver Awarness
- H2S Alive
- Transportation of Dangerous goods (TDG)
- Class 1 licence (with air brake endorsement) and a clean driving record
You bring a strong mechanical aptitude and ability to handle pressure…literally.
- Public safety and security
- Maintaining equipment
- Selecting equipment
- Monitoring operations
- Controlling operations
- Critical thinking
- Analyzing systems
- Service orientation
Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test
Similar careers also exist in the following industries
- High Technology
- Industrial Manufacturing
- Military (MOSID)
- Petrochemical Manufacturing
- Renewable Energy/Clean Technology
- Supply Chain
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Also known as
- Fracturing Operator
- Frac Equipment Operator
- Acid Equipment Operator
- Fracking Pump Operator
- Acidizing Pump Operator
- Hydraulic Fracturing Operator
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