Profession tool pusher

Tool pushers assume responsibility over daily drilling operations. They do mostly administrative work. Tool pushers ensure that the oil rig has sufficient materials, spare parts and enough personnel to continue with the daily operations. They conduct drilling activities in accordance with scheduled programme, supervising drilling crew and equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Oil rig legislation

    The governmental and environmental rules regarding oil rigs.

  • 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.


  • Schedule shifts

    Plan staff time and shifts to reflect the demands of the business.

  • Supervise worker safety

    Ensure safety of site personnel; supervise correct use of protective equipment and clothing; understand and implement safety procedures.

  • Give instructions to staff

    Give instructions to subordinates by employing various communication techniques. Adjust communication style to the target audience in order to convey instructions as intended.

  • Select well equipment

    Select and purchase the appropriate equipment for different functions within the well.

  • Install oil rig

    Transport and set up oil rig at designated location; disassemble oil rig when drilling activities have finished.

  • Plan rig operations

    Plan and execute rigging operations and prepare site for rigging; disassemble rig and clean site afterwards.

  • Monitor oil rig costs

    Monitor total costs of mining activities, projects and required equipment; pursue maximum operational cost efficiency.

  • Plan rig moves

    Responsible for planning and organising rig moves; determine alternative routes to avoid obstacles and road bans.

  • Manage mining plant equipment

    Oversee the acquisition, installation, maintenance and storage of mining plant equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

supply rigging equipment manage staff present reports