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Rig Operator (Medicine Lodge/Pratt)

Location: Medicine Lodge/Pratt, Kansas
Department: Hurricane Services
Posted: 07-21-2017
Location Name: Hurricane Services
Wage: Depends on Experience
Position Type: Full time

Title:                            Rig Operator

Reports To:                  Rig 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.