Mud Plant Operator

Tend machines that mix muds for use in drilling oil and gas wells.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Mud Plant Operators do?

Tends machine that mixes mud for use in drilling oil and gas wells: Weighs sand, clay, and other dry materials on scale and dumps materials into hopper of mixing machine. Turns water valve and opens hopper gate to admit specified quantity of water and dry mix into mixing chamber of machine. Tests mud sample for viscosity, using viscometer. Starts pumps that force mud to drilling wells. Lubricates, adjusts, and repairs machinery, using handtools and grease gun. Replaces defective parts of mud pumps and hoisting equipment, using handtools and following repair orders.


Should I be a Mud Plant Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Glue-Plant Operator, Mixing Plant Operator, Plasticator

    How to become a Mud Plant Operator

    Most Mud Plant Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jdaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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