Company: Nabors
Skills: Derrickman
Experience: 2 + Years
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: Williston, North Dakota, United States
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Nabors owns and operates the world's largest land-based drilling rig fleet and has one of the largest completion services and workover and well servicing rig fleets in North America. Our company is a leading provider of offshore platform workover and drilling rigs in the U.S. and multiple international markets. Nabors provides innovative drilling technology and equipment, directional drilling and comprehensive oilfield services in most of the significant oil and gas markets in the world.


Title: Derrickhand


Overview: The Derrickhand is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and support function of the mud module (sack area, mud pumps and mud pit / shakers). The Derrickhand works under the direction / supervision of the Driller, but reports directly to the Rig Manager.


Key Relevant Tasks:

Preventive maintenance and general repairs to the mud pumps and associated

equipment including changing out the mud pump liners, as requested by the

Driller or the Mud Engineer

Ensuring the chemicals and mud mixture (properties) is of sufficient type and

quantity to meet the needs of the drilling operations

Direct and supervise the Floorhand assigned to assist with the sack handling or

the shakers

Perform the general housekeeping, maintenance and upkeep of the equipment

in the chemical / mud pits / mud pumps

Assisting the Driller with raising and lower drill pipe in and out the hole during

tripping operations


Essential Functions:

Must have good short and long term memory and the mental stamina to stay alert

and attentive for up to 12 hour tour

Able to works 7 or 14 days on and 7 or 14 days off, including holidays, weekends

and or days and nights

Must be able to respond to instructions from the Mud Engineer, Driller or Rig

Manager in an efficient manner

Regularly weigh the mud, analyze the viscosity and measure barrels gained or

loss every half hour

Must be able to repetitively climb stairs and ladders as well as be able to work

while suspended upwards of 90 feet above the rig floor in a riding belt. Must be

comfortable working 140+ feet above the rig floor

Must be able to stand and walk for a minimum of 4 hours at any one time,

including standing and walking on steel decking as well as gravel, board roads

and mud, snow and ice

Repetitively lift and carry items weighing upwards of 60 lbs up and down stairs.

Repetitively swing 20 lbs sledge hammers as well as torque on wrenches /

open /close valves requiring upwards of 160 lbs of torque

Able to bend, stoop, kneel, twist, and crawl throughout the tour work shift while

wearing Personal Protective Equipment at all time

Assist the Rig Manager with trouble shooting and problem solving duties and

decisive manner

Working above the drilling floor, on the monkey board, guiding the drill pipe

during the tripping-in/tripping-out process, ensuring to wear proper safety


Other duties as required by the Rig Manager

Minimum Qualifications:

Ability to perform essential functions of this position with or without reasonable


Minimum of 3 years rig experience as a Floorhand or Motorhand for Nabors

Drilling USA or 1 year of experience as a Derrickhand for another drilling


Ability to wear respiratory protective devices

Ability to successfully complete Derrickhand training at the NDUSA training center

Ability to complete the essential functions of Floorhand and Motorhand duties

when needed

Must have reliable transportation to and from the rig


Preferred Qualifications:

High school diploma, certificate or equivalent.

Possess a strong knowledge of all equipment on a drilling rig (Especially chemical and drilling fluids)

Today, Nabors owns and operates the world’s largest land-based drilling rig fleet and is a leading provider of offshore platform workover and drilling rigs in the United States and numerous international markets. With operations in 28 countries, Nabors also provides directional drilling services, performance tools and innovative technologies throughout many of the most significant oil and gas markets. Leveraging our advanced drilling automation capabilities, Nabors’ highly skilled workforce continues to set new standards for operational excellence and transform our industry.

As of April 16, 2018, Nabors’ assets include:

  • 407 land drilling rigs
  • 31 offshore platform rigs




Nabors is ranked in the Global Top 30 in Rigzone's Ideal Employer Rankings - find out more here.