What does a Oil Rig Worker do?
Derrickmen/women, assistant drillers and drillers are based on
offshore facilities such as oil or gas rigs or drilling platforms, working
as part of a team of up to 20 people.
Derrickmen/women work 20-25 metres above the rig floor
on the derrick, the mast that supports the drilling assembly. Duties
- handling and stacking sections of the drill pipe
- maintaining the derrick
- operating the lifting and
hoisting machinery that positions the drill
- controlling and
maintaining mud pumps, and supervising mud pump operators.
Training usually happens on the job to be able to do this but a course in oil and gas operations
is a good start for anyone hoping to get into this career.
The work is carried out under the supervision of the driller and
assistant driller. Assistant drillers
the activities on the drill floor, communicating instructions and
information from the driller to the rest of the drilling team.
perform a highly-skilled role, controlling the rate
and continuity of the drilling as well as supervising the drilling team.
- controlling operations on the drill floor
- overseeing assembly of the drilling tools, and connecting
sections of the drill pipe
- operating and controlling the
machinery that raises and lowers the drill
- keeping records
of the drilling process
- ensuring health and safety
procedures are observed.
What's the working environment like working as a Oil Rig Worker?
Derrickmen/women and drillers work up to 12 hours a day on a 24-
hour shift rota. They normally work on a rig or platform for two or
three weeks, followed by two or three weeks’ rest period ashore.
Oil drilling rigs are small, mobile structures;
production platforms are larger, accommodating 50 to 100 workers,
where facilities include cabins, canteens, recreational facilities and
offices. Alcohol and smoking are banned. Working on a rig or
platform can be physically demanding, working in all types of
weather, often very cold, and at heights.
They are likely to
wear protective clothing, which includes eye protection, harnesses,
hard hats, gloves, ear defenders and thermal boiler suits.
What does it take to become a Oil Rig Worker?
To be a derrickman/woman or driller you should:
good practical skills
- be able to live and work as a member
of a team
- be prepared to live and work away from
- be assertive and able to follow and give
- be aware of health and safety issues
- be physically fit
- be able to work at heights.
Oil Rig Worker Career Opportunities
If you would like to know anything about Oil Rig Worker that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.Cogent
(Sector Skills Council for Chemicals, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Petroleum and Polymers)
Tel: 01224 787800
Westhill Business Centre
Arnhall Business Park
Tel: 0870 870 4564
www.oilcareers.comEngineering Construction Industry Training Board
Tel: 01923 260 000
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