Oil Well Service Operator

Control pumping and blending equipment to acidize, cement, or fracture gas.
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Salary Range
$27,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Oil Well Service Operators do?

Controls pumping and blending equipment to acidize, cement, or fracture gas or oil wells and permeable rock formations: Consults with SUPERINTENDENT, DRILLING AND PRODUCTION to determine well conditions, pipe sizes, and amounts of acid, cement, or fracturing chemicals to be used. Gives directions to OIL-WELL-SERVICE-OPERATOR HELPER to unload pipes, fittings, and chemicals, and to correct pipes between pumps and well, using handtools. Mixes acids, chemicals or dry cement according to service specified by customer. Observes meters and pressure gauges to regulate quantity and consistency of materials and to control pump pressure. May perform routine maintenance on vehicles and equipment. May be designated according to specialty as Acidizer; Acidizer, Water Well; Cementer, Oil Well; Formation-Fracturing Operator.

Should I be an Oil Well Service Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Cementer, Oil Well, Derrick Worker, Well Service, Oil Well Cable Tool Operator, Oil-Well-Sounding-Device Operator See More

    How to Become an
    Oil Well Service Operator

    Most Oil Well Service Operators 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:9saaaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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