How to become an oil rig driller?

Did you know that an oil rig driller makes an average of $18.31 an hour? That's approx. $38,100 a year!

Drilling in oil and gas is the process of creating holes in the earth's surface in preparation for the search of oil and gas. Drilling rigs come in a variety of sizes, from a one-person operation to those skilled of drilling thousands of meters below the surface. As well as drilling, the rigs can check sub-surface material, to understand the physical properties of a drill site.


You need at least a high school diploma to be a roustabout or steward. Because there are few requirements for getting an entry-level position, people apply to drilling jobs offshore in masses, meaning that the competition can be tough. The progression to becoming an offshore oil rig Driller is as follows: -


If you get a chance to be a roustabout, take it. This is (often) a good initial step to getting a spot on the rig. Once a roustabout, learn as much as you can. Get promoted to roughneck.

Now, work your way up to pump man, then get promoted to derrickman.

A derrickman’s job is to sits atop the derrick on a drilling rig. They almost always report directly to the driller. The derrickman measures mud density and conducts the Marsh funnel viscosity test on a consistent basis when the mud is circulating in the hole. Take the opportunity to learn that rig, inside and out.

To get to be an Assistant Driller, you need to pass the IWCF well control examination with subsea equipment endorsement at driller level.

Assistant drillers help transport drilling rigs and equipment from site to site, set up in the different site and connect power cables or hoses for air and supply.

They work closely with drillers for all drilling processes.

To get to be a driller, you need to pass the same exam at supervisor level. The position is not achieved by going to university, but rather by years of hard work and skill. In short you need to start at the bottom and earn the position through hard work.


The driller is in charge of the crew, and running the rig itself. He/She monitors the rig's activity and responsible for the safe operation and productivity of the drilling rig Driller also ensures all workers follow company and legal regulations. In this role, you must be systematized, have strong listening and communication skills. Work your way up.

In summary, the steps to becoming an oil rig driller include gaining work experience and earning certification, getting licensed and working towards career advancement.

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