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Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Maintain records of footage drilled, location and nature of strata penetrated, materials and tools used, services rendered, and time required.
    • Maintain and adjust machinery to ensure proper performance.
    • Start and examine operation of slush pumps to ensure circulation and consistency of drilling fluid or mud in well.
    • Locate and recover lost or broken bits, casings, and drill pipes from wells, using special tools.
    • Weigh clay, and mix with water and chemicals to make drilling mud.
    • Direct rig crews in drilling and other activities, such as setting up rigs and completing or servicing wells.
    • Monitor progress of drilling operations, and select and change drill bits according to the nature of strata, using hand tools.
    • Repair or replace defective parts of machinery, such as rotary drill rigs, water trucks, air compressors, and pumps, using hand tools.
    • Cap wells with packers, or turn valves, to regulate outflow of oil from wells.
    • Clean and oil pulleys, blocks, and cables.
    • Line drilled holes with pipes, and install all necessary hardware, to prepare new wells.
    • Bolt together pump and engine parts, and connect tanks and flow lines.
    • Position and prepare truck-mounted derricks at drilling areas specified on field maps.
    • Remove core samples during drilling to determine the nature of the strata being drilled.
    • Plug observation wells, and restore sites.
    • Lower and explode charges in boreholes to start flow of oil from wells.
    • Dig holes, set forms, and mix and pour concrete, for foundations of steel or wooden derricks.

    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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    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 there is a problem.

    • Near Vision

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

    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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 43040/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 20.69/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 140
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Leadership
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Safety harnesses or belts
    • Mud mixers
    • Drilling casings
    • Drawworks
    • Casing head spool

    Technology

    • Industrial control software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Customer relationship management CRM software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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