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ROD RIG PERSONNEL

Duties

Rod rig personnel include Floorhands, Derrickhands and Rig Managers. In general, their work involves:

  • lowering and raising equipment to pull up damaged rods or pumps
  • lowering and raising instruments or special servicing tools such as fishing tools or paraffin scraping devices

Floorhands spend a lot of time working on the rig floor. There often are two floorhands on a rod rig crew. In general, floorhands:

· operate the elevator and tongs

  • assist other members of the service crew as needed
  • clean and maintain equipment
  • perform housekeeping duties (keep the lease area tidy, scrub or paint around the rig).

Derrickhands work high above the rig floor on a platform called a tubingboard. From there, they:

  • guide lengths of tubing, instruments and tools as they are being raised from or lowered into the well
  • steady items while they are being connected or disconnected.

Derrickhands also:

  • inspect the derrick before it is raised or lowered
  • assist operators (see below)
  • help train new and junior crew members.

Rig Managers ensure that crews do their jobs safely and efficiently. Rig managers supervise rig activity and are responsible for safety on site. They are senior on-site company representatives. They report directly to the general manager and are responsible for the crew.

In general, rig managers:

  • co-ordinate the work of rig crews
  • ensure that the entire operation runs smoothly, safely and efficiently
  • ensure that operations comply with company policies and government regulations
  • organize the setting up and dismantling of rig
  • ensure that emergency evacuation and medical procedures are posted and understood.
  • operate hoisting equipment control panels
  • monitor the progress of operations
  • keep records
  • train crew members
  • introduce new procedures that may help the crew to work more safely and effectively.

Working Conditions

Working conditions vary depending on rig locations and weather conditions. Rod rig personnel work outdoors, often year round in remote locations, exposed to extremes in weather as well as to the dirt, dust, noise and fumes common around rigs.

Hours of work and the number of crews involved depend on well site location and the types of service required. Rod rig crews usually work 12 hour day shifts which include commuting time to and from work. On the rare occasion that the rig is required in a remote location, crews operate out of a camp or stay at a nearby hotel.

The work is physically demanding and may involve lifting items that weigh over 20 kilograms. Workplace hazards include working on wet, slippery rig floors, working near or with heavy tools and moving machinery, and exposure to chemical substances. Rod rig crew members must follow standard safety practices and participate in safety meetings and emergency procedure drills.

Personal Characteristics

Rod rig personnel need the following characteristics:

  • physical strength, stamina and agility
  • emotional stamina
  • an interest in working outdoors and in remote areas
  • the ability to work quickly, think ahead to the next procedure and respond appropriately in emergency situations
  • the ability to get along well with co-workers.

They should enjoy having clear rules and guidelines for their work, working with equipment and machinery, and working in a team environment.

Educational Requirements

Rod rig personnel acquire the skills and knowledge they need by learning on the job and taking courses. High school graduation is not required for employment as a floorhand but may be an asset for further advancement.

Employers require applicants to:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have an unrestricted Class 5 driver’s license
  • hold a first aid certificate
  • hold an H2S Alive certificate

The following additional certification also is required for rod rig workers in Alberta but will be provided through in-house training:

  • Petroleum Safety Training (PST) or equivalent
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Fall Arrest training.

Farm Boys Oilfield Services will provide a safety orientation program and industry-specific commercial vehicle driver training.

Employment and Advancement

The most important requirements for advancement are on-the-job training, experience and the ability to learn new things quickly. Floorhands may advance to derrickhand and rig manager positions. A conscientious, hard working individual who has good leadership skills can advance to a rig manager position relatively quickly.

Not everyone is capable of becoming a good derrickhand. Individuals who do not feel comfortable working in high places do not usually move into this position. However, those wishing to advance to senior positions must have a good understanding of the derrickhand’s duties.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $70,000.00 to $200,000.00 /year

Licence:

  • Class 5 Drivers License (Required)
  • Class 1 Drivers License (Preferred)

Language:

  • English (Required)

 

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