Jobs on Offshore Oil Rigs

Drilling Department

Jobs available in the drilling department aboard offshore oil rigs, including specific requirements, wages and benefits.

Jobs on Offshore Oil Rigs: Drilling Department
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Drilling Engineer

Requirements

Degree in mechanical, chemical and other related engineering disciplines, expertise in drilling procedures and techniques, and minimum 10 years experience in the position.

Duties

Supervises drilling operations and personnel; advises on drilling systems procedures; responsible for planning and cost estimation; coordinates with exploration and producing departments concerning newer and more advanced drilling techniques and estimates their application to current objectives and problems; identifies potential problems and recommends adequate solutions; participates in sophisticated research and development projects; conducts seminars and train engineers in this specific field; and audits aspects of operations to recommend actions and changes when necessary.

Salary

Negotiable depending on the contract.

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Driller

Requirements

Technical and mechanical background with extensive experience in mechanic systems, hydraulic equipment, etc; expertise in drilling fluids and the different drilling systems; previous safety training process, FLSBO (First Line Supervisor Blownout Prevention) and any other related courses are recommended; and at least 3 years experience in similar or subordinate position on a drilling platform or installation.

Duties

Driller has a high level of responsibility and is the person in charge of the drilling operations on the installation. Supervises the drilling personnel and organizes their tasks, operates drilling equipment, monitors and controls indicators and gauges of temperature, pressure, condition of the systems, etc; records data for the engineers; and runs safety meetings and drills designated to avoid any possible problem or accident on board.

Salary

Around 75,000 dollars/euros a year.

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Assistant Driller

Requirements

Technical and mechanical background with extensive experience in mechanic systems, hydraulic equipment, etc; expertise in drilling fluids and the different drilling systems; previous safety training process; and some previous experience in similar or subordinate position on a drilling platform or installation.

Duties

He is charge of the drilling installation when the driller is off or temporary absented. Supervises the drilling personnel, such as derrickman, pumpman and another subordinate staff, and organizes their tasks; operates drilling equipment, monitors and controls indicators and gauges of temperature, pressure, condition of the systems, etc.; and records data for the driller.

Salary

Around 55,000 dollars/euros a year.

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Derrickman

Requirements

Technical and mechanical knowledge, and previous experience in the field.

Duties

Responsible for the derrick platform, which is specially designed to perform certain parts of the drilling process, such as the lowering and elevation of the casing, drill pipes and collars when they are being connected and disconnected; inspects the derrick and maintains the equipment in good condition and functioning, and prepares the appropriate reports. When he is not on the derrick platform, controls the pump room and the drilling fluid, ensuring its adequate viscosity, consistency, weight and composition; and, sometimes, assists the roughnecks. Plus, he can assume the control of the drilling operations, when the driller is off, temporary absented or too busy.

Salary

Around 65,000 dollars/euros a year.

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Pumpman

Requirements

Appropriate certificates, at least 3 years experience in similar or subordinate positions in this sort of installations or aboard vessels.

Duties

Pumpman assists the derrickman in the different operations in the pump room, supervising the drilling fluid, assuring its adequate viscosity, consistency, weight and composition, etc. Sometimes, he might be required to work as a roughneck on the drill floor.

Salary

Around 50,000 dollars/euros a year.

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Mud Logger

Requirements

Adequate technical knowledge and previous experience in the field.

Duties

Mud logger takes samples and analyze the drilling fluids, which is a mixture of different chemicals used to remove cuttings and shale and maintain the adequate pressure when the drilling operations are in progress.

Salary

Around 60,000 dollars/euros a year.

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Mudman / Shaker Man

Requirements

Adequate technical knowledge and previous experience in the field.

Duties

Responsible for the shaker room during the drilling operations, monitoring and controlling the shakers, which is a system to separate de cuttings and shale from the drilling fluid by different vibrating screens. He also controls the mood properties to avoid problems and potential accidents. It is possible to be required to assist the roughneck.

Salary

Around 30,000 dollars/euros a year.

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Roughneck

Requirements

It is a basic position, although requires some mechanical knowledge and previous experience (6 months) in entry-level position as roustabout on land or offshore drilling installation.

Duties

They assist the driller, carrying out the manual operation of the systems and equipment required for the specific process, which involves hard effort. While the drilling operations, a member of the teamwork is present in the shaker room, assisting the shakerman. Roughnecks are also in charge of cleaning, scraping and wirebrusing floor areas, chipping rust, painting and any other general maintenance tasks.

Salary

Around 35,000 dollars/euros a year.

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Roustabout

Requirements

Entry-level position that requires no previous experience.

Duties

Responsables de las tareas generales de a bordo, como pueden ser mantener las zonas de cubierta limpias y en orden, eliminación de óxido, pintura, etc.; suministrar cualquier clase de equipo o herramienta requerida; y asistir al operador de grúa a descargar los suministros y equipos desde los barcos, enganchando y desenganchando la carga y guiando las maniobras de la grúa.

Salary

Around 27,000 dollars/euros a year.

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