Well Service Operator

Hays, Russell, Hill City, or Colby, Kansas
Hurricane Services
Hurricane Services
Depends on Experience 
Full time

Title:                            Well Service Operator

Reports To:                  Well Service Supervisor

Department:                 Well Service

Status:                         Hourly/Non-exempt



Supervise and train crew members.  Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. 

Essential Functions

  • Supervision, Leadership, and Communication – Supervise and train crew members. Confer with other personnel in order to gather information regarding pipe and tool sizes, and borehole conditions in wells.  Provide information to supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates.
  • Perform General Physical Activities – Perform physical activities that require considerable use of the arms and legs and moving the entire body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. 
    • Drive truck-mounted units to well sites. 
    • Install pressure-control devices onto well heads.  
    • Thread cables through pulleys in derricks and connect hydraulic lines, using hand tools. 
    • Start pumps that circulate water, oil or other fluids through wells, in order to remove sand and other materials obstructing the free flow of oil. 
    • Close and seal wells no longer in use. 
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings – Observe load variations on strain gauges, mud pumps, and motor pressure indicators; listen to engines, rotary chains, and other equipment in order to detect faulty operations or unusual well conditions.
  • Make Decisions and Solve Problems – Analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Safety Training and Implementation – Perform duties according to approved processes and utilize required safety equipment and protection.  Complete job specific required safety training and responsible for the training of other employees.

Other Functions

  • Other tasks as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Mechanical – Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Safety – Knowledge of applicable safety regulations, policies and procedures.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Equipment Maintenance and Repair – Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.  Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Operation Monitoring and Control – Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.  Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Troubleshooting – Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Instruction – Teaching others how to properly complete a task or process.
  • Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Self Control – Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Static Strength – The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects up to 100 pounds.
  • Dependability – The ability to be reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfill obligations.
  • Attention to Detail – The ability to be careful about details and to be thorough in completing tasks.
  • Cooperation – The ability to be pleasant with others on the job and display a good-natured, cooperative attitude.  
  • Leadership – The ability and willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Stress Tolerance – The ability to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence – The ability to remain persistent in the face of obstacles.


Prefer High School Diploma or GED.

Work Experience

Requires some previous work-related skill, knowledge or experience.  Prefer experience leading crews.  Clean driving record required.

Highly Competitive Benefit Package

  • Competitive wages

  • 100% company paid single health & dental insurance premium

  • Company paid life insurance

  • 401K plan with company match