Career outlook for offshore drilling worker
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would work as part of a team that controls and operates the drills on offshore facilities such as oil or gas rigs or drilling platforms.
Increasingly, your skills will be used in energy transition, renewables and new technologies such as carbon capture and storage.
As a driller, you would supervise the drilling team and control the rate of drilling. It’s a highly skilled and responsible job.
- Control operations on the drill floor
- Oversee assembly of the drilling tools and connect sections of the drill pipe
- Operate and control the machinery that raises and lowers the drill
- Keep records of the drilling process
- Make sure that the whole team follows health and safety rules
As an assistant driller it would be your job to coordinate the activities on the drill floor. For example, you would pass on instructions and information from the driller to the rest of the drilling team.
As a derrickman, you would work 20 to 25 metres above the rig floor on a platform attached to the derrick - the mast that supports the drilling equipment.
- Handle and stack sections of the drill pipe
- Maintain the derrick
- Operate the lifting and hoisting machinery to position the drill
- Control and maintain mud pumps
- Supervise mud pump operators
The driller and assistant driller would supervise your work.
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