Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
SOC: 47-5011.00

Description:

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud through drill hole.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
21,700 employed

Projected (2024):
24,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Derrick Hand
  • Derrick Man
  • Derrick Operator
  • Derrick Worker
  • Driller
  • Floor Hand
  • Gas Derrick Operator
  • Oil Derrick Operator
  • Rotary Derrick Operator
  • Well Service Derrick Worker


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Inspect derricks, or order their inspection, prior to being raised or lowered.
  • Inspect derricks for flaws, and clean and oil derricks to maintain proper working conditions.
  • Control the viscosity and weight of the drilling fluid.
  • Repair pumps, mud tanks, and related equipment.
  • Set and bolt crown blocks to posts at tops of derricks.
  • Listen to mud pumps and check regularly for vibration and other problems to ensure that rig pumps and drilling mud systems are working properly.
  • Start pumps that circulate mud through drill pipes and boreholes to cool drill bits and flush out drill cuttings.
  • Position and align derrick elements, using harnesses and platform climbing devices.
  • Supervise crew members, and provide assistance in training them.
  • Guide lengths of pipe into and out of elevators.
  • Prepare mud reports, and instruct crews about the handling of any chemical additives.
  • Clamp holding fixtures on ends of hoisting cables.
  • Weigh clay, and mix with water and chemicals to make drilling mud, using portable mixers.
  • String cables through pulleys and blocks.
  • Steady pipes during connection to or disconnection from drill or casing strings.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air hoists
  • Balance beam scales
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Blowout prevention equipment
  • Borehole casings
  • Breakout tongs
  • Casing elevators
  • Casing slips
  • Chain blocks
  • Derrick crown blocks
  • Derrick hoists
  • Derrick hooks
  • Derrick ladders
  • Derrick scaffolds
  • Derrick taglines
  • Derrick winches
  • Desander manifolds
  • Desilter manifolds
  • Dewatering screens
  • Double ring wrenches
  • Drill pipe thread protectors
  • Drilling draw works
  • Drilling fluid centrifuges
  • Drilling mud shale shakers
  • Drilling mud tanks
  • Face shields
  • Fall arrest harnesses
  • Forklifts
  • Geronimo lines
  • Hammer wrenches
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Hydraulic power tongs
  • Hydrogen sulfide detectors
  • Inertia reels
  • Marsh funnels
  • Mobile radios
  • Mud agitating equipment
  • Mud cleaners
  • Mud degassing equipment
  • Mud guns
  • Mud hoppers
  • Mud hoses
  • Mud mixing pumps
  • Mud pumping equipment
  • Oil spill kits
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Pit volume totalizers
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Protective hard hats
  • Protective respirators
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Ratchet sets
  • Safety clamps
  • Safety goggles
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Self-retracting lifelines
  • Side cutting pliers
  • Sledgehammers
  • Spinning wrenches
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Stuck pipe tools
  • Sucker rod wrenches
  • Tablet computers
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580