Derrick operators (oil and gas) rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud or fluid through drill holes.
A derrick crane operator digs holes for oil wells and pushes the drill pipes deep into the Earth.
The job of a derrick crane operator involves the responsibility of inspecting equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation and maintaining drilling equipment. Besides, they clean equipment or facilities, mix substances or compounds needed for work activities and assemble temporary equipment or structures.
To be eligible to become an oil derrick, one needs a high school diploma with a relevant certificate. Moreover, one to two years of related work experience and good command of English such that you can understand and give oral and written instructions, provide adequate status reports, and solve problems is desirable.
The oil and gas industry mainly employs the derrick crane operator at drilling rigs and construction sites. They primarily work at offshore oil platforms drilling the ocean floor or in remote locations, which may require living onsite for long periods. Oil derrick work can be seasonal and often shifts around the clock. One must be prepared for extreme weather conditions and deal with heights as part of the job. To be successful in a derrick operator career, candidates should be proficient in mechanical skills, work under pressure, and be good at teamwork and decision making. The average derrick operator's salary varies on experience and skills gained in the educational career.
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