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Offer posted: March 26, 2024

Horizon Drilling

The Derrickhand position is deemed to be a “Safety Sensitive” position due to the proximity of heavy industrial machinery. A Derrickhand handles the uppermost section of the drilling string as it is brought from or lowered into the wellbore or drill hole. A Derrickhand oversees some of the machinery on the rig and is responsible for the conditioning of the drilling fluid and the circulation machinery. 

The Derrickhand spends 25% of his time up the rigs derrick and plays the lead role in stacking and guiding pipe as it is tripped in and out or reconnected into the hole. A Derrickhand works with the mud systems, monitors weight and mixes weight properly while reporting any changes. The position requires mixing chemicals, monitoring pump manifolds and most importantly, good communication with the Driller and the Engineer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 §  Assist Driller with equipment maintenance specifically related to the circulating system.

§  Assist with pipe guiding while positioned in the derrick and climb the derrick.

§  Observe and maintain proper drilling fluid characteristics, rate of fluid circulation, mud handling equipment and preventative maintenance programs.

§  Work on or above the drilling floor, and guide drilling pipe during the tripping process.

§  Ensure usage of proper safety equipment.

§  Ability to follow directions, comply with company guidelines and work safely.


Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 §  Ability to work safely and plan.

§  Strong Leadership skill.

§  Ability to work in a team setting.

§  Strong communication and organization skills.

§  Strong Mechanical aptitude and Manual dexterity.

§  Ability to judge distance and spatial relationships.



 ·         Previous hands-on experience in all positions up to and including Derrickhand


Certifications and Licenses:

 §  Valid H2S Alive Certification.

§  Valid CSO Certification

§  Standard First Aid Level C CPR

§  Loader Operator certification

§  Confined Space Entry and Rescue

§  Fall Protection and Fall Rescue for rig work

§  Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation


Physical Demands:

 Working on a drilling rig comes with many physical demands and a commitment to a safe work environment.  A rig worker is exposed to all weather conditions, long hours and rigorous physical demands. Horizon Drilling is committed to ensuring rig workers meet these physical demands by having each employee complete a substance screening and strength and mobility test before them being hired.  Rig workers should be able to successfully lift 90 lbs., work 12-hour shift in extreme weather conditions and can work in a team environment.  Horizon Drilling is dedicated to the continuous improvement of safety.


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Rate of pay: $47.30

Location: Leduc, AB, CA

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