Oil, Gas, and Mining Service Unit Operators

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Projected Growth: Much faster than average

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Job Description

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.


Wire cutters

Wellhead drives

Well tubing perforation guns

Utility knives

Truck-mounted derricks

Torpedo levels

Stuck pipe tools

All Tools

Strain gauges

Straight screwdrivers

Steel measuring tapes

Sonar equipment

Slickline severance tools

Safety goggles

Safety gloves

Ratchet sets

Protective ear muffs

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Pressure indicators

Pressure control devices

Power drills

Pipe wrenches

Pipe tongs

Pipe slips

Pipe elevators

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Mud pumps


Laptop computers

Jet pipe cutters

Jet casing cutters

Hydraulic pumping systems

Hydraulic hoisting equipment

Hoisting equipment

Hex wrenches

Handheld data loggers

Free point tools

Electric downhole pumps

Downhole object retrieval equipment

Diesel motors

Desktop computers

Depth gauges

Continuous sucker rods

Claw hammers

Chemical pipe cutters

Chemical casing cutters

Channel lock pliers

Cement pumps

Cement mixers

Adjustable hand wrenches


Microsoft SharePoint

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Computerized maintenance management system CMMS

Data logger software

Inventory tracking software

Time and attendance software


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