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Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

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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. Includes fishing-tool technicians.

    Work Activities
    • Maintain and perform safety inspections on equipment and tools.
    • Operate controls that raise derricks or level rigs.
    • Listen to engines, rotary chains, or other equipment to detect faulty operations or unusual well conditions.
    • Prepare reports of services rendered, tools used, or time required, for billing purposes.
    • Install pressure-control devices onto wellheads.
    • Direct drilling crews performing activities such as assembling and connecting pipe, applying weights to drill pipes, or drilling around lodged obstacles.
    • Confer with others to gather information regarding pipe or tool sizes or borehole conditions in wells.
    • Operate pumps that circulate water, oil, or other fluids through wells to remove sand or other materials obstructing the free flow of oil.
    • Drive truck-mounted units to well sites.
    • Interpret instrument readings to ascertain the depth of obstruction.
    • Thread cables through derrick pulleys, using hand tools.
    • Select fishing methods or tools for removing obstacles such as liners, broken casing, screens, or drill pipe.
    • Apply green technologies or techniques such as the use of coiled tubing, slim-hole drilling, horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, or gas lift systems.
    • Operate specialized equipment to remove obstructions by backing-off or severing pipes by chemical or explosive action.
    • Close and seal wells no longer in use.
    • Perforate well casings or sidewalls of boreholes with explosive charges.
    • Examine unserviceable wells to determine actions to be taken to improve well conditions.
    • Monitor sound wave generating or detecting mechanisms to determine well fluid levels.
    • Insert detection instruments into wells with obstructions.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $51,140/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.58/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 690
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Leadership
    • Attention to Detail
    • Persistence
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Slickline jet cutters
    • Slickline chemical cutters
    • Screwdrivers
    • Pipe handling equipment
    • Hoists
    Technology
    • Time accounting software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Inventory management software
    • Facilities management software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.