Sets up or operates a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or removes core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Trains crews, and introduces procedures to make drill work more safe and effective.
- Observes pressure gauge and moves throttles and levers in order to control the speed of rotary tables, and to regulate pressure of tools at bottoms of boreholes.
- Counts sections of drill rod in order to determine depths of boreholes.
- Pushes levers and brake pedals in order to control gasoline, diesel, electric, or steam draw works that lower and raise drill pipes and casings in and out of wells.
- Connects sections of drill pipe, using hand tools and powered wrenches and tongs.
- Maintains records of footage drilled, location and nature of strata penetrated, materials and tools used, services rendered, and time required.
- Maintains and adjusts machinery in order to ensure proper performance.
- Starts and examines operation of slush pumps in order to ensure circulation and consistency of drilling fluid or mud in well.
- Locates and recovers lost or broken bits, casings, and drill pipes from wells, using special tools.
- Weighs clay, and mix with water and chemicals to make drilling mud.
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