Operates equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Maintains and performs safety inspections on equipment and tools.
- Operates controls that raise derricks or level rigs.
- Listens to engines, rotary chains, or other equipment to detect faulty operations or unusual well conditions.
- Prepares reports of services rendered, tools used, or time required, for billing purposes.
- Installs pressure-control devices onto wellheads.
- Confers with others to gather information regarding pipe or tool sizes or borehole conditions in wells.
- Operates pumps that circulate water, oil, or other fluids through wells to remove sand or other materials obstructing the free flow of oil.
- Drives truck-mounted units to well sites.
- Interprets instrument readings to ascertain the depth of obstruction.
- Threads cables through derrick pulleys, using hand tools.