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Career Details :: Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud through drill hole.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Sets and bolts crown block to posts at top of derrick.
- Cleans and oils pulleys, blocks, and cables.
- Strings cables through pulleys and blocks.
- Clamps holding fixture on end of hoisting cable.
- Starts pumps that circulate mud through drill pipe and borehole to cool drill bit and flush out drill cuttings.
- Weighs clay.
- Repairs pumps.
- Mixes drilling mud, using portable power mixer.
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General Work Activities
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Repairing & Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Degree of Automation
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Frustrating Circumstances