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Working As A Derrick Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $36,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Derrick Operator does

  • Managed pressure system for circulatiing during well control, drilling, and BOP, choke manifold testing operations.
  • Haul poles to the job, hand dig or auger holes, set poles.
  • Start pumps that circulate mud through drill pipes and boreholes to cool drill bits and flush out drill-cuttings.
  • Maintained trip tank and keep up with trip sheets for potential well control situations.
  • Install underground and overhead cable and pipe to manhole, control cabinet, lights and signals.
  • Monitor mud pumps for proper operation and maintenance to ensure functionality.
  • Operate derrick rig on double triple pulling unit
  • Assist in the daily operations of gas and oil well drilling while keeping safety our number one priority.
  • Work derricks while tripping pipe.

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Average Length of Employment
Derrick Worker 5.5 years
Rig Operator 4.2 years
Derrick Operator 4.0 years
Derrick Hand 3.2 years
Operator 2.9 years
Junior Operator 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Derrick Operator
Operator 16.2%
Floor Hand 13.5%
Welder 8.1%
Cashier 4.1%
Derrickman 4.1%
Crew Chief 2.7%
Owner 2.7%
Top Careers After Derrick Operator
Operator 11.5%
Driller 8.2%
Mechanic 4.9%
Supervisor 4.9%
Driver 3.3%

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Derrick Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

96.4%

Unknown

1.8%

Female

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

20.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

4.0%

Unknown

3.5%
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Derrick Operator Education

Schools

Lower Columbia College

5.9%

University of New Orleans

5.9%

Rose State College

5.9%

Texas College

5.9%

University of Northern Colorado

5.9%

University of New Mexico

5.9%

Chattahoochee Technical College

5.9%

Southern Arkansas University

5.9%

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

5.9%

High Plains Technology Center

5.9%

San Juan College

5.9%

Coastal College

5.9%

Harvard University

5.9%

Eastern Kentucky University

5.9%

Full Sail University

5.9%

Northwest Lineman College

5.9%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

5.9%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

13.3%

Journalism And Mass Communications

6.7%

Business

6.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

6.7%

Marketing

6.7%

Engineering

6.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

6.7%

Criminal Justice

6.7%

Kinesiology

6.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

6.7%

Marine Transportation

6.7%

General Studies

6.7%

Small Business Management

6.7%
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Degrees

Other

53.3%

Bachelors

33.3%

Masters

6.7%

Associate

6.7%
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