Job Descriptions

  • Field Positions

Land Drilling Crews

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A Leasehand is responsible for assisting with everyday operations of the drilling rig, including setting up and taking down, cleaning buildings and equipment on the lease. A leasehand may be required to load and unload trucks, dig ditches and assist other crew members as needed. In situations where a crew truck driver is not part of the crew make up, the Leasehand will act as the crew truck driver. The Leasehand is to report to the Driller or his supervising crew member at all times.

The Floorhand is responsible for assisting in setting up and taking down of the drilling rig and equipment, handling, sorting and moving drill tools, pipe, cement and other materials in addition to maintaining a clean and organized work environment. He is also responsible for the manipulation of the sections of pipe or drill stem at the rig floor during drilling. It is the duty of the Floorhand to remove and replace the strings of pipe or drill stem and/or drill bit. The Floorhand may also need to drive a crew truck to transport materials and equipment.

A Motorhand provides manual labor as required to operate and maintain the rigs diesel and electric engines. The Motorhand orders tools and replacement parts for these engines and is responsible for testing the machinery for operability and safety and is required to clean and maintain engines at all times. They also operate and maintain the boiler systems. Motorhands are responsible for the training, supervising and assisting of other crew members as required.

A Derrickhand handles the uppermost section of the drilling string as it is brought from or lowered into the wellbore or drill hole. A Derrickhand oversees some of the machinery on the rig and is responsible for the conditioning of the drilling fluid and the circulation machinery. The Derrickhand spends 25% of his time up in the rigs derrick and plays the lead roll in stacking and guiding pipe as it is tripped in and out or reconnected into the hole. A Derrickhand works with the mud systems, monitors weight and mixes weight properly while reporting any changes. The position requires mixing chemicals, monitoring pump manifolds and most importantly, good communication with the Engineer and the Driller.

This position requires the supervision of the crews that perform different tasks on the oil rig according to the regulations of the oil company, making sure that the work of the crew follows all company policies as well as enforcing rules regarding safety and PPE requirements. A Driller must constantly verify the equipment and record the data into a log. Most importantly, the Driller is responsible for the equipment and the safety of his crew members during all operations.

The Rig Manager is responsible for every aspect of the rig operations, including set up, take down and moving, along with the safety of all crew members. The Rig Manager is responsible for daily paperwork and other matters of business pertaining to the Rig. The Rig Manager ensures that the rig operations comply with the environmental and government regulations as well as regulation the production and costs therein.

In Land Barge Crews

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  • Rig Manager

    Rig Manager - supervise the day-to-day operations of the rig and the crew members; advise/consult with drilling representative in the execution of all completion, workover/drilling operations; plan and organize rig operations and monitor performance. Well Control Certification required.

  • Driller

    Driller – lead crew member in charge of drill crew who are responsible for the operation of the drawworks, actual workover/drilling and assesment of down hole conditions, well pressures, mud properties and bit in hole; assign daily job tasks to crew members. Well Control Certification required.

  • Derrickman

    Derrickman – a crew member who handles the upper end of the drill stem; responsible for the conditioning of the drilling fluid and circulating machinery; work includes tripping pipe, working stabbing board and monkey board; pick up/lay down drill pipe; work mud pits.

  • Floorhand

    Floorhand – a crew member whose primary work station is on the rig floor; work includes tripping pipe (use of slips, tongs and elevators), making connections while drilling; assisting the Derrickman; monitoring the shakers which includes mud weight, viscosity and controlling sand content while drilling.

  • Motorman

    Motorman – a crew member who is responsible for rig equipment such as engines, compounds, air compressors, and pumps; assists rigging up/down of rig; assists with drill pipe and drill collar slips; relieves driller.

  • Electrician

    Electrician – responsible for the maintenance, upkeep and serviceability of all electrical equipment on rig; troubleshoots and repairs all technical problems aboard rig.

  • Roustabout

    Roustabout – a crew member who is responsible for maintenance and housekeeping of the rig to include chipping and painting; assists with the movement of machinery, equipment and supplies as needed.

  • Crane Operator

    Crane Operator – responsible for the crane, its operations and all that this encompasses – loading/unloading of the barges, movement of equipment and supplies around the rig; Offshore Hydraulic Crane Certification required.

  • Cook

    Cook – Prepares meals for rig personnel on a daily basis; maintains inventory and places orders for all supplies needed; ensures all gallery areas are safe, sanitary and organized.

  • Galleyhand

    Galleyhand – Assists the cook in the preparation of meals for rig personnel on a daily basis which includes cleaning of the kitchen; cleans living quarters and bathroom facilities; launders towels, employee work clothing and bedding.

  • Boatskipper

    Boatskipper – operation of crew boat to transport personnel to/from rig location; knowledge of inland waterways required; knowledge of radar, g.p.s., and depth finder required.

Pre-Set Coring Crews

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The Cementer in responsible for hauling the cement, running the pumps and basic maintenance on own equipment. He/She may also be asked to assist on the rig site as required by the Rig Manager. Requires a Valid Class 5 license with a drivers abstract, H2S, 1st Aid, Confined Space and Fall Arrest.

The Fuel Hauler’s main jobs are to haul fuel to and from rigs and equipment, basic maintenance on their own equipment and assist in the laydown yard as required and as time permits. They may be required to do other duties by the Project Manager or Field Superintendent. Requires a Valid Class 5 license with a drivers abstract, H2S and 1st Aid.

The Water Hauler’s main jobs are to haul water to and from leases, fill the boiler and mud tanks and do the basic maintenance on their own equipment. They may be required to do other duties by the Project Manager or Field Superintendent. Requires a Valid Class 5 license with a drivers abstract, H2S and 1st Aid.

Pick up parts/rentals/personal and medical supplies as required by the Project Manager/Field Superintendent /Purchaser and deliver to the necessary locations. They may also be requested to deliver and or pick up crew members from the airport, hospital and other locations needed. This is an “On Call” position throughout the winter drilling season. Requires a Valid Class 5 license with a drivers abstract, H2S and 1st Aid.

This crew is responsible for onsite rig moves and to transport parts and supplies to the rigs as time permits. The crew is also requires to do other duties as assigned by the Project Manager and Field Superintendent. Requires a Valid Class 5 license with a drivers abstract, H2S and 1st Aid.

A Crew Driver is required to transport crews to and from the rig site for crew changes. They are also required to deliver and pick up crew members from the airport etc. as time permits. There may be other duties as assigned by the Rig Manager/Project Manager. Requires a Valid Class 5 license with a drivers abstract H2S and 1st Aid.

The Floorhands responsibilities are to make drill pipe connections and cut up core samples as required. Floorhand’s are required to fill core boxes with loaded core tubes, load core boxes into the core shack and assist the Driller to measure casing for marking. The Floorhand is also required to keep track of core supply inventory and report to the Driller for any supplies that may be needed.

A Motorhand is responsible for maintaining all the equipment on the rig to ensure proper functionality. He is responsible for completing core log books, and inspecting core equipment. A motorhand is also responsible for measuring and marking the core sample (this position requires someone with legible penmanship).

A Derrickhand is responsible for measuring core recovery and maintaining the mud systems of the rig. One of his responsibilities is to retrieve core out of the core barrel. Along with the daily operations, a Derrickhand is also responsible for supervising and training other crew members.

A Driller on a coring rig is responsible for supervising the drilling crew, along with all of the regular Drilling duties. A Driller is responsible for measuring and monitoring the core point and ensuring the safety of the crew. They are also responsible for inspecting all core equipment to ensure it is functioning properly.

The Rig Manager is responsible for every aspect of the rig operations, including setup, take down and moving, along with the safety of the workers on the rig while in operation. The Rig Manager is responsible for daily paperwork and other matters of business pertaining to the Rig. The Rig Manager ensures that the rig operations comply with the environmental and government regulations as well as regulation the production and costs therein.

Well Service Crews

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The Floorhand uses equipment to guide instruments and casing downhole. A Floorhand keeps his work environment clean and organized and is responsible for making sure that all of the equipment is in proper working order, which includes cleaning, greasing, fueling, fixing and changing oil. Floorhands assists other crew members as required and report to the to operator.

The Derrickhand is responsible for work above the rig floor and for guiding tubing, instruments and tools into the well. He must always be watching and maintaining proper well control, the rate of circulation and performing preventative maintenance. The Derrickhand has to be able to identify and avoid potential problems and is responsible for the operations of the pump truck, moving the rig, setting up and tearing down the rig, as well as assists in training junior crew members.

The Driller is responsible for operating the service rig hoisting equipment via the operator’s console. He must be familiar with the BOP system, filling out paperwork, conducting safety drills and transporting crew to and from the rig. The Operator develops well-trained and safety conscious crew members by enforcing rules and maintaining communication with Rig Manager and Crew.

The Rig Manager is responsible for every aspect of the rig operations, including set up, take down and moving, along with the safety of the workers on the rig while in operation. The Rig Manager is responsible for daily paperwork and other matters of business pertaining to the Rig. The Rig Manager ensures that the rig operations comply with the environmental and government regulations as well as regulation the production and costs therein.


  • Fabrication and Shop

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The Shipper-receiver must be very organized, have good communication skills and work well under pressure. He/She must be able to coordinate and order supplies when needed. One must have a high attention to detail in order to point out parts and pieces needing repair. The Shipper-Receiver must have extensive knowledge of stock, tools, warehouse, materials and shipping methods used in the industry. This positions required tickets are forklift, crane, MSDS and TDG.

A Rig Mechanic must have extensive knowledge of the drilling rig equipment, parts and components. He/She must have experience with hydraulic motors and rig engines. One should be very mechanically inclined able to rebuild components of the rig. A Rig Mechanic should be able to work unsupervised and in the field if needed. They must have good communication skills both written and verbal. A qualified Rig Mechanic must have a Journeyman Ticket (HET-Heavy Equipment Technician).

Welders operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments using processes such as gas tungsten arc (GTAW), gas metal arc (GMAW), flux-cored arc (FCAW), shielded metal arc (SMAW), to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals, to troubleshoot, repair, and manufacture oilfield equipment.

The electricians are responsible for building, installing, maintaining, testing, troubleshooting and repairing electrical motors, generators, alternators, hydraulic and pneumatic electrical control systems, and oilfield equipment.

The technician is responsible for troubleshooting, repairing, rebuilding, maintaining and manufacturing oilfield equipment, and must diagnose faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine extent of repair or maintenance of equipment.

The Top Drive Technician is responsible for building, installing, testing and troubleshooting Top Drive Drilling Systems, while having the ability to make critical decisions and analyze problems quickly and accurately.

This position is responsible for providing support to the Technical Support Manager in the maintenance, monitoring and standardization of the Drawing File Library, and assisting in the creation of technical drawings, and performing related job duties to ensure drawings, part numbering and material lists are accurate and orderly.