Profession derrickhand

Derrickhands guide the positions and movements of drill pipes. They control the automated pipe-handling equipment. They are often responsible for the condition of drilling fluids, or "mud".

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Rigging terminology

    Terms for lifting equipment, lifting accessories, slings, shackles, wires, ropes, chains, cables and nets.

  • Mechanical tools

    Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.


  • Maintain circulation system

    Maintain the fluid pumps and circulation systems of an oil pumping system.

  • Work in drilling teams

    Ability to work confidently within a drilling team on a drilling rig or oil platform with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.

  • Maintain mechanical equipment

    Observe and listen to machinery operation to detect malfunction. Service, repair, adjust, and test machines, parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical principles. Maintain and repair vehicles meant for cargo, passengers, farming and landscaping.

  • Control flow of oils

    Adjust controls to regulate flow of oils through lines and tanks.

  • React to events in time-critical environments

    Monitor the situation around you and anticipate. Be ready to take quick and appropriate action in case of unexpected events.

  • Guide drill pipes

    Guide drill pipe in and out of elevators.

  • Monitor drilling fluid

    Monitor and maintain the drilling fluids, or "mud". Add different chemicals to the fluid to perform various function in well operations: keep the drill bit cool, provide hydrostatic pressure, etc.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Use rigging equipment

    Set up rolling and lifting equipment required to lift and move objects e.g. with a crane or block and tackle system.

Optional knowledge and skills

inspect quality of products train employees inspect pipelines add chemicals to drilling fluid chemistry

Common job titles

  • Floor hand, patterson-uti drilling-midland
  • Derrick hand
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  • Roustabout
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  • Derrickhand - well servicing - canada
  • Derrickhand
  • Well service derrickhand - tx
  • Operator (williston 1806)