Rotary Derrick Operator

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to disperse mud through drill hole.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $63,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rotary Derrick Operators do?

Rigs derrick equipment and operates pumps to circulate mud through drill hole: Sets and bolts crown block to posts at top of derrick. Strings cables through pulleys and blocks. Clamps holding fixture on end of hoisting cable. Weighs clay, and mixes drilling mud, using portable power mixer. Starts pumps that circulate mud through drill pipe and borehole to cool drill bit and flush out drill-cuttings. Cleans and oils pulleys, blocks, and cables. May repair pumps [PUMP SERVICER].


Should I be a Rotary Derrick Operator?

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

  • How to become a Rotary Derrick Operator

    Most Rotary Derrick 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:9dcaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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