• Operators
  • Rig Manager
  • NOC #8222

Rig Manager

Job Overview

You wear a hard hat and carry a soft spot for the crew. As the rig manager, you’re responsible for the safety and leadership of your crew, as well as the paperwork and the performance of the drilling rig. It makes you a hands-on manager.

Rig managers are responsible for every aspect of rig operations including set up, take down and rig moves, as well as managing personnel and the financial, technical and performance aspects of a drilling rig. The rig manager is typically the point of contact for the operator and provides input during rig marketing and contracting activities.

Rig managers are responsible for daily paperwork pertaining to rig production and costs. The rig manager also ensures that health and safety guidelines are communicated and followed, and that rig operations comply with environmental and governmental regulations. They interact with all drilling rig personnel in addition to well services providers and management. Members of the drilling crew look to their rig manager for leadership, safety training, dispute resolution and support to solve personnel and operational issues.

A service rig is a versatile piece of equipment used from the beginning to the end of an oil or natural gas well’s life. When a new oil or gas well is drilled, a service rig is used to complete the well by laying down pipe through a process called well completion. Maintenance or stimulation work, known as workovers, are required throughout the life of a well to ensure the oil or gas flows efficiently and effectively. On average a service rig will perform services on the same well seven or eight times before it’s ready to be decommissioned. When all the recoverable oil or natural gas has been pumped, the well needs to be properly disposed of, this is a process called abandonment or well site decommissioning. 

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