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Working As A Drilling Rig Operator

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $38,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Drilling Rig Operator Do At Geological Survey

* Directs and assists in the setting up, operation, and maintenance of a large portable drilling rig and ancillary equipment used for earth science research investigations.
* Sets up rig and drills holes.
* Uses geophysical techniques to log holes.
* Constructs borehole with wells or other instruments to collect scientific data.
* Obtains geologic cores using different core barrels.
* Performs preventive maintenance and overhaul on drill rig and accessory equipment.
* Use welding techniques to fabricate and repair equipment

What Does A Drilling Rig Operator Do At Geological Survey

* Assists with the operation of a truck mounted top-head drive drill rig to obtain subsurface data related to ongoing scientific investigations; to include maintenance, repair of drill rigs, water trucks, trailers, compressors, pumps and other auxiliary equipment.
* Mixes and maintains the drilling fluid circulation system when conducting mud rotary or coring operations.
* Assists with sample and core collections at the drilling site.
* Assists with maintaining and repairing drilling equipment.
* Cleans and organizes work areas and tools

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Average Length of Employment
Drilling Foreman 4.7 years
Rig Operator 4.2 years
Drill Operator 3.2 years
Coiler Operator 2.9 years
Operator 2.9 years
Case Operator 2.8 years
Hand Driller 2.4 years
Junior Operator 2.3 years
Drilling Assistant 2.1 years
Rig Hand 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Drilling Rig Operator
Driller 10.8%
Welder 9.4%
Derrickman 6.5%
Operator 5.8%
Foreman 5.8%
Floor Hand 3.6%
Lineman 2.9%
Assistant 2.9%
Top Careers After Drilling Rig Operator
Driller 9.8%
Welder 5.4%
Driver 4.9%
Floor Hand 4.3%
Operator 4.3%
Supervisor 3.8%

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Top Skills for A Drilling Rig Operator

  1. Safety Meetings
  2. Combination Air
  3. Mud Circulation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participate in weekly toolbox safety meetings and document equipment safety inspection audits.
  • Repaired components of drill rigs, vehicles and machinery as necessary.
  • Serviced and maintained vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Locate and recover lost or broken bits, casings, and drill pipes from wells, using special tools.
  • Ensured all on-site employees were complying with all OSHA/MSHA/ site regulations, as applicable.

Drilling Rig Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

85.2%

Unknown

10.9%

Female

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Arabic

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Drilling Rig Operator Education

Schools

Southwest Mississippi Community College

10.0%

The Academy

10.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.7%

Cerritos College

6.7%

Universal Technical Institute

6.7%

Bismarck State College

6.7%

Saint Ambrose University

6.7%

Camden County College

6.7%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.3%

Northwest College

3.3%

Pearl River Community College

3.3%

Albany State University

3.3%

Community College of Beaver County

3.3%

Vincennes University

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.3%

Uintah Basin Applied Technology College

3.3%

Trinity Valley Community College

3.3%

Concord University

3.3%

Enterprise State Community College

3.3%

Coastal College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

18.2%

Precision Metal Working

10.4%

Geology

7.8%

General Studies

6.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.2%

Computer Science

5.2%

Education

5.2%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Management

3.9%

Health And Wellness

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Apparel And Textiles

2.6%

Engineering

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Civil Engineering

2.6%

Computer Engineering

2.6%
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Degrees

Other

36.2%

Bachelors

29.5%

Associate

21.0%

Certificate

10.5%

Diploma

1.9%

License

1.0%
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What Is It Like To Work As A Drilling Rig Operator

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I like working with people and operating different types of underground drilling machines.. Show More

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First of all I love my career as drill rig operator,and the most thing I love is to drill and putting all my mind on drilling.. Show More

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I don't like working without a drilling plan.. Show More

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