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8222 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

Contractors and supervisors in oil and gas drilling and services supervise and co-ordinate the activities in drilling for oil or gas, operating service rigs, or providing oil and gas well services. They are employed by drilling and well service contracting companies and petroleum producing companies. Contractors may be self-employed.


Index of titles

Example titles

Assistant offshore drilling rig superintendent

Assistant platform superintendent

Assistant toolpusher – offshore drilling rig

Consultant – gas well drilling

Consultant – oil drilling

Directional drilling consultant – oil and gas

Fracturing supervisor

Fracturing supervisor – oil field services

Multi-service operator – oil field services

Offshore drilling rig superintendent

Oil and gas contractor

Oil and gas drilling foreman/woman

Oil and natural gas well servicing foreman/woman

Oil field consultant

Oil field consultant – construction and reclamation

Oil field consultant – rig moving

Oil field consultant – well completions

Oil field consultant – well servicing

Oil field consultant – well testing

Oil field consultant supervisor

Oil field contractor

Oil well services field supervisor

Platform superintendent – oil and gas drilling

Rig manager

Rig manager – oil and gas drilling


Toolpusher – offshore drilling rig

Toolpusher – oil and gas well

Well services crew supervisor

Well services crew supervisor – oil and gas drilling

Well services crew supervisor – oil field services

Well site consultant – oil and gas

Wireline field supervisor – oil field services

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who drill for oil and gas, operate service rigs or provide oil and gas well services

Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments

Requisition and procure materials and supplies

Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and safety

Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies

Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions

Prepare production and other reports

May set up machines and equipment.

Employment requirements

Completion of secondary school is required.

Completion of college or petroleum industry approved training courses is required.

Extensive experience in the occupations supervised is required.

A two-year college diploma in petroleum engineering technology may be required.

Certificates in first aid, hydrogen sulphide awareness, blowout prevention, well control, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) or other safety and technical subjects are required and are obtained by completing short courses.

Additional information

There is little mobility for supervisors from well services to well drilling.


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