Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Some Preparation Needed
Your job is to Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.
Common job titles of Oil, Gas, and Mining Service Unit Operators include:
Experience and Education
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
63% said they needed a High School Diploma.
37% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.
Maintain and perform safety inspections on equipment and tools.
Examine unserviceable wells to determine actions to be taken to improve well conditions.
Prepare reports of services rendered, tools used, or time required, for billing purposes.
Confer with others to gather information regarding pipe or tool sizes or borehole conditions in wells.
Listen to engines, rotary chains, or other equipment to detect faulty operations or unusual well conditions.
Install pressure-control devices onto wellheads.
Insert detection instruments into wells with obstructions.
Monitor sound wave generating or detecting mechanisms to determine well fluid levels.
Direct drilling crews performing activities such as assembling and connecting pipe, applying weights to drill pipes, or drilling around lodged obstacles.
Operate controls that raise derricks or level rigs.
Drive truck-mounted units to well sites.
Interpret instrument readings to ascertain the depth of obstruction.
Select fishing methods or tools for removing obstacles such as liners, broken casing, screens, or drill pipe.
Apply green technologies or techniques such as the use of coiled tubing, slim-hole drilling, horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, or gas lift systems.
Operate specialized equipment to remove obstructions by backing-off or severing pipes by chemical or explosive action.
Perforate well casings or sidewalls of boreholes with explosive charges.
Close and seal wells no longer in use.
Operate pumps that circulate water, oil, or other fluids through wells to remove sand or other materials obstructing the free flow of oil.
Thread cables through derrick pulleys, using hand tools.
Well tubing perforation guns
Stuck pipe toolsAll Tools
Steel measuring tapes
Slickline severance tools
Protective ear muffs
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Pressure control devices
Phillips head screwdrivers
Jet pipe cutters
Jet casing cutters
Hydraulic pumping systems
Hydraulic hoisting equipment
Handheld data loggers
Free point tools
Electric downhole pumps
Downhole object retrieval equipment
Continuous sucker rods
Chemical pipe cutters
Chemical casing cutters
Channel lock pliers
Adjustable hand wrenches
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
Data logger software
Inventory tracking software
Time and attendance software
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.