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8412 – Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators

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. They are employed by drilling and well service contractors and by petroleum producing companies.


Index of titles

Example titles

Acid treater – oil field services

Acid truck driver – oil field services

Acidizer – oil field services

Ballast control operator – offshore drilling rig

Blender operator – oil field services

Blending machine operator – oil field services

Carbon dioxide truck operator – oil field services

Cement truck driver – oil field services

Cementer – oil field services

Cementing equipment operator – oil field services

Chemical services operator – oil field services

Chemical truck operator – oil field services

Coiled tubing operator – oil field services

Control room operator – offshore drilling

Derrick worker – oil and gas drilling

Derrickhand – offshore drilling

Derrickhand – oil and gas drilling


Derrickman/woman – oil and gas drilling

Dynamic positioning operator – offshore drilling

Formation fracturing operator

Formation fracturing operator – oil field services

Frac driver – oil field services

Motorhand – offshore drilling

Motorhand – oil and gas drilling

Motorman/woman – oil and gas drilling

Nitrogen operator

Nitrogen operator – oil field services

Nitrogen truck operator – oil field services

Oil well acidizer

Oil well cementer – oil field services

Pipeline locator – oil and gas

Power-tong operator

Production tubing operator – oil field services

Pumper operator – oil field services

Pumpman/woman – oil field services

Reeled tubing operator – oil field services

Rig technician – derrickhand

Rig technician – motorhand

Seismic buried facilities locator

Snubbing-unit operator

Well treatment blender operator – oil field services

Well treatment pump operator – oil field services

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Oil and gas well drilling workers

Use specialized equipment, information and maps to determine and document the location of buried pipelines and other utilities in preparation for seismic exploration and drilling activities

Align and manipulate sections of pipe or drill stem from platform on rig derrick during 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

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.

Completion of petroleum industry-approved training courses may be required.

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.

Rig technician certification for motorhands and derrickhands may be required by some employers.

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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