• Operators
  • Drilling and Service Rig Operator
  • NOCs #8412, #8232, #8222

Drilling and Service Rig Operator

Job Overview

You’re the drill sergeant of the energy industry. You’ve worked your way up from other jobs on the rig by applying a strong work ethic and leadership skills. You’re often at the well site, overseeing the activities of workers, facilitating the movement of equipment and ensuring the safety of others. Your job is to operate and maintain drilling and service rigs.

Drilling rigs and service rigs each have a distinct function in the energy industry. A drilling rig is used in exploration to determine the feasibility of a formation. A service rig is brought to a site after a drilling rig’s work is complete to support the well’s ongoing production. Service rigs are also used to shut in a well, repair a well or do maintenance to enhance the well’s production. A drilling rig operator can spend weeks or months at a well site and once completed, may never return to the site. A service rig operator, meanwhile, may be at a well site for days or weeks, returning for ongoing maintenance or to shut-in production.

The typical roles in the drilling crew include:
>Motorhands maintain drilling rig engines, transmissions, heating systems, diesel/electric generators, motors, hydraulic systems and other mechanical equipment.
>Derrickhands operate and maintain drilling fluid systems and pumps during the drilling process.
>Drillers supervise a drilling crew and operate the drill line reels, rotary equipment and pumps.

The typical roles in the service crew include:
>Derrickhands set up and dismantle the derrick, pumps and tanks and service, operate, inspect and monitor the pumps and engines at the well site.
>Operators and drillers operate hoisting equipment control panels, monitor the progress of operations and supervise the on-site service crew and all operations of the rig.

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