Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas


Also called : Daylight Driller, Drill Operator, Driller, Drilling Rig Operator, Motor Man, Oil Rig Driller, Oil Well Driller, Relief Driller, Tool Pusher

What they do


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.

On the job, one would


  • Train crews, and introduce procedures to make drill work more safe and effective.

  • Observe pressure gauge and move throttles and levers to control the speed of rotary tables, and to regulate pressure of tools at bottoms of boreholes.

  • Count sections of drill rod to determine depths of boreholes.

  • Push 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.

  • Connect sections of drill pipe, using hand tools and powered wrenches and tongs.

KNOWLEDGE


  • 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.

SKILLS


  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

  • Operation and Control
    Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

  • Operations 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.

ABILITIES


  • Control Precision
    The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

  • Problem Sensitivity
    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
    The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

  • Manual Dexterity
    The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Leadership
    Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Analytical Thinking
    Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Analytical or scientific software

  • Customer relationship management CRM software

  • Data base user interface and query software

  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Industrial control software

  • Object or component oriented development software

  • Office suite software

  • Spreadsheet software

  • Word processing software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Some Preparation Needed

  • Education

    High school diploma.

  • Experience

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed.

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

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