Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators
On the Job
Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators set up or operate a variety of drills to remove oil or gas from under the ground. They may also remove samples for testing.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation.
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Operate detonation equipment.
- Operate drilling equipment.
- Operate pumps or compressors.
- Assemble products or production equipment.
- Collect geological samples.
- Install drilling equipment.
- Install equipment attachments or components.
- Install plumbing or piping.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- High levels of competition.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.