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Operations - TX - Tyler, TX
Full Time
High School
$30.24 Hourly
Road Warrior
General Labor

The Derrickhand is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and support function of the mud module (sack area, mud pumps and mud pit / shakers). The Derrickhand works under the direction / supervision of the Driller, but reports directly to the Rig Manager

Key Relevant Tasks:

  • Preventive maintenance and general repairs to the mud pumps and associated equipment including changing out the mud pump liners, as requested by the Driller or the Mud Engineer
  • Ensuring the chemicals and mud mixture (properties) is of sufficient type and quantity to meet the needs of the drilling operations
  •  Direct and supervise the Floorhand assigned to assist with the sack handling or the shakers
  •  Perform the general housekeeping, maintenance and upkeep of the equipment in the chemical / mud pits / mud pumps
  • Assisting the Driller with raising and lower drill pipe in and out the hole during tripping operations

Essential Functions:

  • Must have good short and long term memory and the mental stamina to stay alert  and attentive for up to 12 hour tour
  •  Able to works 7 or 14 days on and 7 or 14 days off, including holidays, weekends and or days and nights
  • Must be able to respond to instructions from the Mud Engineer, Driller or Rig Manager in an efficient manner
  •  Regularly weigh the mud, analyze the viscosity and measure barrels gained or loss every half hour
  • Must be able to repetitively climb stairs and ladders as well as be able to work while suspended upwards of 90 feet above the rig floor in a riding belt. Must be comfortable working 140+ feet above the rig floor
  • Must be able to stand and walk for a minimum of 4 hours at any one time, including standing and walking on steel decking as well as gravel, board roads and mud, snow and ice
  • Repetitively lift and carry items weighing upwards of 60 lbs up and down stairs. 
  • Repetitively swing 20 lbs sledge hammers as well as torque on wrenches /
  •  Open /close valves requiring upwards of 160 lbs of torque
  • Able to bend, stoop, kneel, twist, and crawl throughout the tour work shift while wearing Personal Protective Equipment at all time
  • Assist the Rig Manager with troubleshooting and problem-solving duties and decisive manner
  • Working above the drilling floor, on the monkey board, guiding the drill pipe during the tripping-in/tripping-out process, ensuring to wear proper safety equipment.
  •  Other duties as required by the Rig Manager



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to perform essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodations
  • Minimum of 3 years rig experience as a Floorhand or Motorhand with Scandrill, Inc. or 1 year of experience as a Derrickhand for another drilling company
  • Ability to wear respiratory protective devices
  • Ability to complete the essential functions of Floorhand and Motorhand duties when needed
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the rig

Preferred Qualifications:

  • High school diploma, certificate or equivalent.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of all equipment on a drilling rig (Especially chemical and drilling fluids)


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