Clean Out Driller

Operate hoists to clean out and restore old and damaged oil or gas wells.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$25,000 – $67,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Clean Out Drillers do?

Operates truck-mounted hoist equipped with derrick to clean out and restore old and damaged oil or gas wells: Moves lever to raise derrick over wellhead. Directs CLEAN-OUT-DRILLER HELPER to jack up truck body and to center hoisting cable over borehole. Assembles and attaches cleanout tools to cable, using handtools. Moves winch lever to lower tools into well. Cleans sand, paraffin, or pipe scale from well, using special scaling and bailing tools. Removes debris from well, using bailer. Lowers blocks composed of soft lead or covered with wax, tar, or soap to take impression of broken equipment in well. Lowers grappling tools into well to probe for and remove obstruction, using hoist. Lowers and raises swabbing tool that creates vacuum and draws well fluids through pipe screens and well perforations, using hoist. May be designated according to specific activity as Bailer; Swabber.

Should I be a Clean Out Driller?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Clean-Out Driller

    How to become a Clean Out Driller

    Most Clean Out Drillers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2868%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,68,68
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