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Oil Driller

Oil drillers set up or operate a variety of drill rigs to remove petroleum products from the earth and to find and remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.

Oil drillers control the operation and direct the activities of the rig crew under supervision of the rig manager. The driller is responsible for the efficient operation of the rigsite as well as the safety of the crew and typically has many years of rigsite experience.



Most oil drillers have worked their way up from other rigsite jobs. The driller must know how to perform each of the jobs on the rig. The driller also operates the drawworks brake using a long-handled lever. Hence, the driller is sometimes referred to as the person who is “on the brake.”

Oil drillers are employed by drilling and well service contractors, petroleum producing companies and well logging or testing companies.