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Occupation Profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

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.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$32,910.00 Median Annual Wage 0 Average Job Openings Per Year
1.9 Average Unemployment Percentage 77.1 Percentage That Completed High School
28,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 18.9 Percentage That Had Some College
26,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 0.0 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Cement Pump Operator
Coil Tubing Operator
Derrick Hand
Driller
Equipment Operator
Fisherman
Fishing Tool Operator
Fishing Tool Supervisor
Fishing Tool Technician, Oil Well
Oil Well Service Operator
Operator
Pulling Unit Operator
Reverse Unit Operator-Fisherman
Rig Operator
Rigger
Service Operator
Service Rig Operator
Service Unit Operator
Service Unit Operator, Oil Well
Swabber
Technician, Fishing Tool, Oil Well
Tool Pusher
Well Cleaner
Well Service Rig Operator
Well Servicing Rig Operator
Wireline Operator
Work Over Rig Operator

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Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — Plan fishing methods and select tools for removing obstacles, such as liners, broken casing, screens, and drill pipe, from wells.
  • Core — Confer with other personnel in order to gather information regarding pipe and tool sizes, and borehole conditions in wells.
  • Supplemental — Analyze conditions of unserviceable wells in order to determine actions to be taken to improve well conditions.
  • Core — Drive truck-mounted units to well sites.
  • Supplemental — Assemble and lower detection instruments into wells with obstructions.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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