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Derrickhand - Texas Gulf Coast

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"Petroleum Drilling Done Right"

Founded in 2016, WELL Drilling connects the world's petroleum resources with energy companies through effective technology, unequivocal contracts, and our safe simple approach. The company has a focused business model with revenue generation from drilling services and non-operating partnerships. Headquartered in Houston, WELL Drilling believes human capital is the foundation for success and growth. To learn more about WELL Drilling, please visit www.WELLdrillingcorp.com.

Job Description:

The Derrickhand is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and support function of the mud module (sack area, mud pumps and mud pit/shakers). The Derrickhand works under the direction and supervision of the Driller, but reports directly to the Rig Manager.

  • Repair pumps, mud tanks, and related equipment
  • Inspect derricks for flaws, and clean and oil derricks to maintain proper working conditions
  • String cables through pulleys and blocks
  • Position and align derrick elements, using harnesses and platform climbing devices
  • Inspect derricks, or order their inspection, prior to being raised or lowered
  • Supervise crewmembers, and provide assistance in training them
  • Steady pipes during connection to or disconnection from drill or casing strings
  • Listen to mud pumps and check regularly for vibration and other problems to ensure that rig pumps and drilling mud systems are working properly
  • Guide lengths of pipe into and out of elevators
  • Start pumps that circulate mud through drill pipes and boreholes to cool drill bits and flush out drill cuttings
  • Clamp holding fixtures on ends of hoisting cables
  • Control the viscosity and weight of the drilling fluid
  • Weigh clay, and mix with water and chemicals to make drilling mud, using portable mixers
  • Prepare mud reports, and instruct crews about the handling of any chemical additives
  • Set and bolt crown blocks to posts at tops of derricks

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Desire to outperform and outwork all competitors
  • Ability to perform essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Drilling USA or 1 year of experience as a Derrickhand for another drilling company
  • Ability to wear respiratory protective devices
  • Ability to successfully complete IADC’s Gateway™
  • Ability to successfully complete IADC’s RigPass®
  • Ability to complete the essential functions of Floorhand and Motorhand duties when needed
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the drilling rig
  • Possess a strong knowledge of all equipment on a drilling rig (Especially chemical and drilling fluids)

Essential Functions:

  • Attention span to stay alert and attentive for up to 12 hour tour while performing sometimes repetitive and monotonous tasks
  • Able to works 7 or 14 days on and 7 or 14 days off, including holidays, weekends and or days and nights.
  • Able to receive verbal and written instructions
  • Must be able to stand and walk for a minimum of 4 hours at any one time, including standing and walking on steel decking as well as gravel, board roads and mud, snow and ice
  • Must be able to repetitively lift and carry items weighing upwards of 60 lbs up and down stairs, repetitively swing 20 lbs sledge hammers as well as torque on wrenches / open / close valves requiring upwards of 160 lbs of torque
  • Repetitively be able to lift / carry 100 lbs sacks, pull drill slips with another employee(200 + lbs), latch/unlatch tongs as well as rack back drill pipe continually throughout the 12 hour tour
  • Able to bend, stoop, kneel, twist, and crawl throughout the tour work shift while wearing Personal Protective Equipment at all times
  • Listen for unusual noises that signify equipment and machinery problems
  • Other duties as required by the Driller or Rig Manager
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