CAREER

Oil, Gas, and Mining Service Unit Operators

Overview

Salary Median (2017)

$48,290

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+23.4% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High School Diploma

Career

What Oil, Gas, and Mining Service Unit Operators Do

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.

Other Job Titles Oil, Gas, and Mining Service Unit Operators May Have

Fisherman, Operator, Pulling Unit Operator, Reverse Unit Operator-Fisherman, Rig Operator, Service Operator, Service Rig Operator, Tool Pusher, Well Servicing Rig Operator, Wireline Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Confer with others to gather information regarding pipe or tool sizes or borehole conditions in wells.
  • Drive truck-mounted units to well sites.
  • Install pressure-control devices onto wellheads.
  • Thread cables through derrick pulleys, using hand tools.
  • Operate pumps that circulate water, oil, or other fluids through wells to remove sand or other materials obstructing the free flow of oil.

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