8615 – Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers | Canada NOC |

8615 – Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers

Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers carry out a variety of general labouring duties and operate equipment to assist in the drilling and servicing of oil and gas wells. This unit group also includes labourers who assist in geophysical prospecting for oil and gas. They are employed by drilling and well servicing contractors and by petroleum producing companies.


Index of titles

Example titles

Floorhand – offshore drilling rig

Floorhand – oil and gas drilling

Floorhand – service rig

Floorman/woman – offshore drilling rig

Floorman/woman – oil and gas drilling

Gravity prospecting observer helper


Leasehand – oil and gas drilling

Observer helper – gravity prospecting

Observer helper – seismic prospecting

Oil field labourer

Oil well cementer helper

Perforator helper – oil field services

Perforator loader helper – oil field services

Reeled tubing helper – oil field services


Roughneck – offshore drilling rig

Roughneck – oil and gas drilling


Roustabout – offshore drilling rig

Roustabout – oil and gas drilling

Seismic GPS rover

Seismic line cutter

Seismic prospecting observer helper

Seismic survey helper

Service rig helper

Service rig helper – oil field services

Service rig operator helper

Service rig roughneck – oil field services


Shakerhand – oil and gas drilling

Shooter – seismograph

Shooter helper – seismic prospecting

Slasher – oil and gas

Slasher – oil field services

Swamper – oil and gas

Swamper – oil field services

Tubing helper – oil field services

Vibrator operator – seismic prospecting

Well puller helper – oil field services

Well treatment helper

Well treatment helper – oil field services

Wireline helper

Wireline helper – oil field services

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Manipulate sections of pipe or drill stem at the rig floor during drilling and during the removal and replacement of strings of pipe or drill stem and drill bit

Maintain drilling equipment on the drill floor

Handle, sort and move drill tools, pipe, cement and other materials

Clean up rig areas

Assist in setting up, taking down and transporting drilling and service rigs and service equipment

May drive trucks to transport materials and well service equipment.

Employment requirements

Completion of secondary school may be required.

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

Certificates in hydrogen sulphide awareness, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) or transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) may be required.

Additional information

Progression to more senior operating positions is possible with experience.


Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers (8232)

Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators (8412)