Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators jobs in Canada


80 100 $
This salary is an average estimate between all available diplomas degrees related to this career. Click here to get an overview of salary depending of diploma.
No certificate, diploma or degree : 74 970 $
High school diploma or equivalent : 82 130 $
Postsecondary certificate or diploma below bachelor level : 82 930 $
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above : 73 450 $

Career's stability

The career's stability is based on the employment projection for that working area for the year 2022.

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.

Job overview

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. Workers in this unit group are employed by drilling and well service contractors and by petroleum producing companies.

Main duties

  • 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.
  • 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.

Illustrative example(s)

  • acidizer, oil field services
  • blender operator - oil field services
  • control room operator - offshore drilling
  • derrickman/woman
  • motorhand - oil and gas drilling
  • oil well cementer, oil field services
  • pumper operator - oil field services
  • pumpman/woman - oil field services
  • rig technician - derrickhand
  • seismic buried facilities locator

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