Knowing the Drill Is a Gas for These Offshore Workers; Careers in ... Offshore Drilling Sally Jones Digs Deep to Discover More about Oil Exploration

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Knowing the Drill Is a Gas for These Offshore Workers; Careers in ... Offshore Drilling Sally Jones Digs Deep to Discover More about Oil Exploration


What does a career as an off-shore drill worker involve? If you want a practical job working in a team, this could be the job for you. Drillers are part of a team that works on off-shore facilities such as oil and gas rigs or drilling platforms.

You would supervise the drilling team and control the rate of drilling. Your work in this highly-skilled role would include controlling operations on the drill floor, overseeing assembly of the drilling tools and connecting sections of drill pipe, operating and controlling the machinery that raises and lowers the drill, keeping records of the drilling process and making sure that the whole team follows health and safety rules.

Typically you would live and work on a rig or platform for two or three weeks, followed by two or three weeks' rest period on shore.

You would work up to 12 hours a day on a 24-hour shift rota. The job can be demanding, working in all types of weather and at heights.

You would need to wear protective clothing, including a harness, ear defenders and thermal boiler suit.

What skills are needed? You should have good practical skills, the ability to live and work as a member of a team, willingness to live and work away from home, good leadership skills, the ability to follow and give instructions, awareness of health and safety issues and physical fitness. To be a driller you would need a least two years' experience and be aged 18 or over. Normally, you would first work with the drilling crew as a roustabout and roughneck. …

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