Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas - What They Do


Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas generally receive Moderate-term on-the-job training before they are capable of performing their job at an acceptable level.

Once employed, Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas can expect to earn an average of $44,000.00 per year throughout their career.

In addition, over the coming 10 years Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas should expect a significant decline in jobs available within their industry. They will likely experience a decline in employment of -5.4%.

In respect to starting your own business, Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas rarely feel the entrepreneurial itch. Currently, 2.5% of the employment base is classified as self-employed.

Given the job environment today, Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas can consider themselves quite lucky, as only 1.9% are currently unemployed.

Academic Programs of Interest

Heavy Equipment Operator
The Heavy Equipment Operator Program teaches students how to operate heavy machinery such as heavy articulating rock trucks, loaders, excavators, backhoes, dozers and graders. These machines are used universally for all manner of heavy construction, earth moving, road building, mining, forestry, mega projects all included.

The Heavy Equipment Operator Program usually consists of a 4 week in school theory course combined with anywhere between 200-600... more
Rig Technician 1
The Rig Technician 1 Program is designed to teach a student how to operate oil and gas drilling rigs. The student will learn how to maintain rig engines, transmissions, heating systems, diesel electric generators and motors, hydraulic systems, and other mechanical equipment.

The Rig Technician 1 Program will generally take 1 year to complete. Approx. 4 weeks of the program will be held in a... more
Rig Technician 2
The Rig Technician 2 Program is designed to teach a student how to operate and maintain drilling fluid systems and pumps during drilling, mix fluid chemicals and additives, handle sections of drill string assembly from a platform on the rig derrick during tripping operations, and monitor and record mud flows and volumes.

The Rig Technician 2 Program can usually be completed in 1 year with... more
Rig Technician 3
The Rig Technician 3 Program is designed to teach a student how to operate oil and gas drilling rigs. The student will learn how to operate the draw-works, rotary equipment and pumps and supervise the assembly of drill string. He/She will also be responsible for ensuring that safety and support equipment is functioning properly and monitor the progress of the drilling operation and communicate with... more