Oil and gas well drilling workers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Assemble pumping equipment and attach pumps and hoses to wellhead
B. Operate hydraulic pumping systems to pump chemicals, gases, sand, cement or other material into well
C. Read gauges to monitor pressure, density, rate and concentration and adjust pumping procedure as required
D. May mix chemicals and cements.
E. 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
F. Operate and maintain drilling mud systems and pumps during drilling, and mix mud chemicals and additives
G. Record mud flows and volumes and take samples
1. Support activities for mining and oil and gas extraction - 69.0%
2. Oil and gas extraction - 17.0%
1. Completion of secondary school is required.
2. Training of up to three months with an experienced operator is required for oil and gas well services operators.
3. One year of experience as a floorhand, assistant or labourer is usually required.
4. 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.
5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
3. First Aid
4. Industrial Arts
The average hourly wages for Oil and Gas Well Drilling Workers and Services Operators is $20.88/HR, which is above average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are above average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.