Oil rig motormen work under oil rig drillers and perform maintenance and small repairs on drilling equipment, including daily inspections of equipment to ensure that there are no damages. Knowledge of state and federal regulations is important in this position, and these regulations must be followed at all times.
This job can be physically strenuous, as motormen have to walk, climb, and lift heavy objects for much of their shifts; good balance is also important, as some tasks will require motormen to work high off the ground. The work environment may be somewhat dangerous and the surfaces of rigs can be slippery due to weather, oil, and drilling mud. Sometimes harsh temperatures are encountered, and loud noises may be constant. Strong communication skills are also important in order to work well with drillers, mechanics, and other motormen.
Some jobs require motormen to work on oil rigs for a few months at a time, depending on the location. However, this also allows motormen to have a few months off after lengthy jobs. Where oil rigs can be reached easily, motormen are generally expected to commute independently to the location. Schedules are often full-time and may involve rotating days and nights to work instead of the traditional two days off.
A high school diploma is a minimum requirement for this position, and on-the-job training may be provided, especially for entry-level positions. Some jobs also require prior experience.
Oil Rig Motorman Tasks
Align and manipulate sections of pipe or drill stem from drilling rig during removal and replace with strings of pipe or drill stem and drill bit.
Operate specialized hydraulic pumping systems to place cement in wells or treat wells with chemicals, sand mixtures or gases to stimulate production.
Responsible for routine preventive maintenance and minor repairs to engines on oil rigs.
Assemble pumping equipment and attach pumps and hoses to wellhead.