Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

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About the Job

Set up or operate a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.

It is also Called

  • Well Driller
  • Tool Pusher
  • Spud Driller
  • Shot Hole Driller
  • Rotary Rig Engine Operator
  • Rotary Driller
  • Rotary Drill Operator
  • Rig Operator
  • Relief Driller
  • Prospecting Driller
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What They Do

  • Dig holes, set forms, and mix and pour concrete, for foundations of steel or wooden derricks.
  • Lower and explode charges in boreholes to start flow of oil from wells.
  • Plug observation wells, and restore sites.
  • Position and prepare truck-mounted derricks at drilling areas specified on field maps.
  • Line drilled holes with pipes, and install all necessary hardware, to prepare new wells.
  • Cap wells with packers, or turn valves, to regulate outflow of oil from wells.
  • Remove core samples during drilling to determine the nature of the strata being drilled.
  • Bolt together pump and engine parts, and connect tanks and flow lines.
  • Clean and oil pulleys, blocks, and cables.
  • Repair or replace defective parts of machinery, such as rotary drill rigs, water trucks, air compressors, and pumps, using hand tools.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: REC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $54,180 with most people making between $30,230 and $78,370

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,460 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,410 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 80 replacement openings for approximately 80 total annual openings.



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