CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Extraction

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Extraction
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Set up or operate a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration. Train crews, and introduce procedures to make drill work more safe and effective.
 
Observe pressure gauge and move throttles and levers in order to control the speed of rotary tables, and to regulate pressure of tools at bottoms of boreholes.
 
Count sections of drill rod in order to determine depths of boreholes.
 
Push levers and brake pedals in order to control gasoline, diesel, electric, or steam draw works that lower and raise drill pipes and casings in and out of wells.
 
Connect sections of drill pipe, using hand tools and powered wrenches and tongs.
 
Maintain records of footage drilled, location and nature of strata penetrated, materials and tools used, services rendered, and time required.
 
Maintain and adjust machinery in order to ensure proper performance.
 
Start and examine operation of slush pumps in order to ensure circulation and consistency of drilling fluid or mud in well.
 
Locate and recover lost or broken bits, casings, and drill pipes from wells, using special tools.
 
Weigh clay, and mix with water and chemicals to make drilling mud.
 
Direct rig crews in drilling and other activities, such as setting up rigs and completing or servicing wells.
 
Monitor progress of drilling operations, and select and change drill bits according to the nature of strata, using hand tools.
 
Repair or replace defective parts of machinery, such as rotary drill rigs, water trucks, air compressors, and pumps, using hand tools.
 
Clean and oil pulleys, blocks, and cables.
 
Bolt together pump and engine parts, and connect tanks and flow lines.
 
Remove core samples during drilling in order to determine the nature of the strata being drilled.
 
Cap wells with packers, or turn valves, in order to regulate outflow of oil from wells.
 
Line drilled holes with pipes, and install all necessary hardware, in order to prepare new wells.
 
Position and prepare truck-mounted derricks at drilling areas that are specified on field maps.
 
Plug observation wells, and restore sites.
 
Lower and explode charges in boreholes in order to start flow of oil from wells.
 
Dig holes, set forms, and mix and pour concrete, for foundations of steel or wooden derricks.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Extraction
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Extraction
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Extraction
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Extraction
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Extraction
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Back Up Worker
Cable Driller
Cable Tool Driller
Cable Tool Operator
Clean Out Driller
Core Drill Operator
Core Driller
Daylight Driller
Directional Driller
Drill Foreman
Drill Hand
Drill Operator
Driller
Drilling Field Operator
Drilling Machine Operator
Drilling Rig Operator
Drilling Supervisor
Floor Hand
Motor Man
Natural Gas Shothole Driller
Oil Driller
Oil Rig Driller
Oil Well Cable Tool Driller
Oil Well Cable Tool Operator
Oil Well Driller
Prospecting Driller
Relief Driller
Rig Operator
Rotary Drill Operator
Rotary Driller
Rotary Rig Engine Operator
Shot Hole Driller
Spud Driller
Tool Pusher
Well Driller
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Extraction
 
 
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