Rotary Driller Helper

Assist Rotary Driller in operating machinery to drill oil or gas wells.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rotary Driller Helpers do?

Assists ROTARY DRILLER in operating machinery to drill oil or gas wells, using handtools and power tongs and wrenches: Assembles and disassembles casings and pipe sections, using hand and power wrenches and tongs. Sets curved metal wedges around pipe string at wellhead to prevent string from falling into well during change or addition of pipe sections. Tightens or loosens threaded joints between sections, using tongs or chain wrenches. Guides lower end of pipe sections to or from well opening. Loosens or tightens joints, using cathead. Mixes drilling mud, using power agitators. Reads gauge to ascertain pressure on drilling tools at bottom of well and reports irregularities to ROTARY DRILLER. Repairs drilling machinery, slush pumps, and derricks. Digs drainage ditches, racks tools, and cleans drilling floor around rig. May assist in erecting and dismantling rigs. Performs other duties as described under HELPER Master Title. May be known according to specific duty performed as Back-Up Worker; Cathead Worker; Lead-Tong Worker; Pipe Racker.


Should I be a Rotary Driller Helper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Rotary Drill Operator Helper, Rotary Helper

    How to become a Rotary Driller Helper

    Most Rotary Driller Helpers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaiaa&chl=no+college+%2877%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,77,77
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