About This Career
Sets up or operates a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or removes core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Trains crews, and introduces procedures to make drill work more safe and effective.
- Observes pressure gauge and moves throttles and levers to control the speed of rotary tables, and to regulate pressure of tools at bottoms of boreholes.
- Counts sections of drill rod to determine depths of boreholes.
- Pushes levers and brake pedals to control gasoline, diesel, electric, or steam draw works that lower and raise drill pipes and casings in and out of wells.
- Connects sections of drill pipe, using hand tools and powered wrenches and tongs.
- Maintains records of footage drilled, location and nature of strata penetrated, materials and tools used, services rendered, and time required.
- Maintains and adjusts machinery to ensure proper performance.
- Starts and examines operation of slush pumps to ensure circulation and consistency of drilling fluid or mud in well.
- Locates and recovers lost or broken bits, casings, and drill pipes from wells, using special tools.
- Directs rig crews in drilling and other activities, such as setting up rigs and completing or servicing wells.