Sample Taker Operator

Obtain samples of earth formations in sidewalls of oil well boreholes.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $64,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sample Taker Operators do?

Obtains sample of earth formations in sidewalls of oil well boreholes, using electrically exploding device: Loads explosives into gun chambers of tubular firing device. Connects gun chambers to electric detonating cable, using handtools. Signals HOIST OPERATOR to lower sample-taking gun into well. Observes wire line measuring device, weight indicator, and instrument panel of control equipment in truck to position sample-taking gun at specified point in well. Moves controls to set off electrical igniters that fire cylinders into sidewall of rock formation to obtain sample of earth. Signals HOIST OPERATOR to raise equipment and sample from well. May be required to have license for handling explosives. May operate hoist to lower and raise tools and equipment from well.


Should I be a Sample Taker Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • 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: Torpedo Worker

    How to become a Sample Taker Operator

    Most Sample Taker 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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