Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related

Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related

NOC
8232

- Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

Control the operation of drilling and hoisting equipment on drilling and service rigs; or operate specialized equipment, tools or instruments to provide services related to well drilling or servicing.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

4
 

Median Hourly Wage

$32.00
$14.42
Low
$58.70
High

Median Salary

$58,503
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

137
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

55%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Oil and gas well drillers and well servicers control the operation of drilling and hoisting equipment on drilling and service rigs, and direct the activities of the rig crew under supervision of the rig manager. Oil and gas well loggers, testers and related workers operate specialized mechanical or electronic equipment, tools or instruments to provide services in conjunction with well drilling, completion or servicing. Workers in this unit group are employed by drilling and well service contractors, petroleum producing companies and well logging or testing companies.

Main Duties

Oil and gas well drillers and well servicers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Direct rig crew in setting up rigs and drilling, completing or servicing oil and gas exploration and producing wells
  • Operate controls of drill or service rig drilling and hoisting machinery
  • Train or arrange for training of crew
  • Maintain records of drilling and servicing operations
  • Ensure safety procedures are followed.

Oil and gas well loggers, testers and related workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Drive well service or wireline truck to well site
  • Assemble and attach equipment, tools or recorders to drill stem or wireline to conduct required procedures and tests
  • Operate or direct the operation of wireline or unit controls to lower, position and retrieve equipment and instruments
  • Operate recorders and computers in mobile testing or logging unit to collect data
  • May perform limited data interpretation.

Also Known As

  • assistant driller - oil and gas well drilling
  • directional drilling operator
  • downhole tool operator
  • drill stem tester
  • driller - oil and gas drilling
  • electric line operator
  • logging and perforating operator
  • service rig operator
  • slickline operator
  • well testing operator
  • wireline operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Oil and gas well drillers and well servicers require three to six months of formal on-the-job training, college or petroleum industry-approved training courses and four or more years of work experience in subordinate rig crew positions.
  • A college diploma in drilling may be required.
  • Offshore work requires several years of experience in an equivalent position on land.
  • Certificates in first aid, hydrogen sulphide awareness, blowout prevention, well control, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) and a special oil well operator (boiler) certificate are required.
  • Oil and gas well loggers, testers and related workers require three to six months of formal on-the-job training and several years of experience in subordinate logging and testing positions or on drilling and servicing rigs.
  • Completion of a college program in electronics or engineering technology may be required for open hole well logging.
  • A provincial blaster's licence, and seismic blaster and oil well blaster certification are required for well perforation services.
  • Trade certification for rig technician is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified rig technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

1.4%
Female
98.6%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

12.5%
15-24
29.2%
25-34
33.3%
35-44
12.5%
45-54
12.5%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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17.4%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
43.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
8.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
30.4%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

58.3%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
20.8%
Manufacturing
12.5%
Construction
8.3%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

18.20%
Northeast
31.80%
Southeast
36.40%
Southwest
13.60%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

N/A
Northeast
$51,178
Southeast
$67,754
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$58,503

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$67,673

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$58,503

Newfoundland

$88,987

Prince Edward Island

$27,277

Nova Scotia

$89,741

Canada

$76,526
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

4
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

6
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

20
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

23