Oil Rig Floorhand Jobs
The Floorhand on an oil rig handles all the drill pipe work
on the platform floor, usually one or two Floorhands working
on the drilling rig system.
Some other responsibilities can include equipment maintenance,
helping to mix the "mud" for drilling, mixing chemicals
and assisting other members of the oil rig crew.
Generally the junior position on any oil rig worksite (along
with Leasehands), Floorhands often quickly rise up in the
ranks, depending on how quickly you learn the work and how
well you do your job.
Being able to work as an important member of the team is
also an essential skill that must be learned for anyone to
become a successful Floorhand.
To do this work, you need to be physically fit and have a
strong work ethic. If you're prone to taking more or longer
breaks than you should, you probably won't last long in this
Some smaller rigs have only one Floorhand, which means that
that person may have to work very hard indeed, putting in
long hours of back-bending work.
Cleaning and maintenance of the various pieces of equipment
on the rig is very important and generally falls under the
duties of the Floorhand.
Assisting the other crew members with their duties is also
something else that Floorhands have to do.
This is the reason Floorhands develop an overall skill level
which can serve them very well whenever they're seeking to
move up in the ranks.
The work is hard and very important to the operation of
a successful oil drilling operation, but the money is very
good along with the benefits and work packages available.
Special skills and course certification such as First Aid,
WHMIS and Fall Protection, will make you a much more attractive
addition to the personnel of an oil rig platform.
Floorhands can expect to make $25-$30 an hour plus a living
allowance of $50 a day (when there is a camp) to $170 a day
(when there is no camp).
Oil well control is the management of the dangerous effects
caused by unexpected high pressures upon surface equipment of
oil or gas drilling rigs.
Technically, oil well control involves preventing Formation
fluid, usually referred to as kick, from entering into the Wellbore
Formation fluid can enter the wellbore if the pressure exerted
by the column of drilling fluid is not great enough to overcome
the pressure exerted by the fluids in the formation being drilled.