Oil Well Perforator Operator

Operate truck-mounted hoisting equipment and electrical control panels.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $64,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Oil Well Perforator Operators do?

Operates truck-mounted hoisting equipment and electrical control panel to position and explode charges in oil or gas wells to pierce drill pipes, casings, tubings, and fracture earth formations: Assembles tools and equipment at well site, using handtools. Lowers perforating gun into well, using hoist. Observes odometer, weight indicator, and instrument panel in truck, and positions gun at predetermined point in well. Moves controls at panelboard to detonate charge in gun which propels bullets through wall of bore to pierce or fracture oil- or gas-bearing formations, or to ignite chemical charge which burns fissures in rock formations for passage of oil or processing fluid, such as mud or cement. Observes instrument on control panel to verify detonation of charge in gun. Repairs electrical instruments, using electrician’s handtools. Loads perforating guns at well site for special shots.

Should I be an Oil Well Perforator Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Gun Perforator, Oil-Well-Electrical-Wall-Sampling-Device Operator, Oil Well Gun Perforator Operator See More

    How to Become an
    Oil Well Perforator Operator

    Most Oil Well Perforator 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:9adaaa&chl=no+college+%2867%25%29|certificate+%2829%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,67,67
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