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Oil and Gas Rig Drilling Worker Jobs Derrickhand Jobs

Oil and gas well drilling workers operate drilling and service rig machinery as intermediate members of the rig crew. Oil and gas well services operators drive trucks and operate specialized hydraulic pumping systems to place cement in wells or to treat wells with chemicals, sand mixtures or gases to stimulate production. Workers in this unit group are employed by drilling and well service contractors and by petroleum producing companies.

Main duties
Oil and gas well drilling workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Align and manipulate sections of pipe or drill stem from a platform on the rig derrick during the removal and replacement of strings of pipe, or drill stem and drill bit
  • Operate and maintain drilling mud systems and pumps during drilling, and mix mud chemicals and additives
  • Record mud flows and volumes and take samples
  • Operate and maintain drilling rig diesel motors, transmissions and other mechanical equipment
  • Assist in setting up, taking down and transporting drilling and service rigs
  • Supervise floorhands and labourers.
  • Oil and gas well services operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Drive well services truck to well site
  • Assemble pumping equipment and attach pumps and hoses to wellhead
  • Operate hydraulic pumping systems to pump chemicals, gases, sand, cement or other material into well
  • Read gauges to monitor pressure, density, rate and concentration and adjust pumping procedure as required
  • May mix chemicals and cements.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Training of up to three months with an experienced operator is required for oil and gas well services operators.
  • One year of experience as a floorhand, assistant or labourer is usually required.
  • Certificates in first aid, hydrogen sulphide awareness, blowout prevention, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods (TDG), cryogenic safety or in other safety concerns may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to oil and gas well driller or service rig operator is possible with experience.
  • Progression to supervisor of well services is possible for gas and oil well services operators.

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