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  • NOC #83101

Slickline Operator

Job Overview

Slicklines were originally called measuring lines because the wire used looked similar to a tape measure. It also had measurement markers so slickline operators would know how deep the tools they were raising or lowering were in the well hole. Modern slicklines are much stronger than the historic measuring lines. They also are used for a variety of tasks in the maintenance, repair and production of well sites. This could be a slick occupation if it’s compelling for you.

Slickline operators raise and lower downhole tools (e.g., bailers, pulling tools, stems and running tools) with a wire cable which is used to test and maintain oil and gas wells. They retrieve and/or install valves, plugs and pressure regulators. They lower and raise downhole tools and plugs to proper depth and direct the fishing tools used to retrieve broken or lost wire or equipment.

This occupation is divided into several levels from assistant operator to level 3 operator. Each level involves more responsibility and more complex tasks.

  • Level 1 activities involve all the basic operations such as raising and lowering tools, maintaining the rig and assisting with the planning and implementation of the job.
  • Level 2 and 3 have an added supervisory element.
  • Level 3 is involved in other types of activities which require further skills, such as perforating.

Transferability information for this occupation is available on the Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers. 

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