North Dakota Oil Field Current Job Descriptions and Postings

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You will find several different types of oilfield jobs described below. For more information go to scroll down to “Oil Industry Job Descriptions” and click on “Drilling Rig Jobs” and “Transport Jobs.”

Go ahead and click on any of the Job Description titles and you will be taken to a list of current job postings in North Dakota for those jobs.


The following details apply to most oilfield positions:

Most positions are labor intensive and involve outdoor work in all weather conditions.

Minimum age restrictions may be 18 or 21 years old.

Drug testing is required in the hiring process and performed randomly on the job.

Depending on the position, you may need a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

At a minimum, you will need transportation to get to and from your job site.

Significant overtime hours may be available.

Most companies will not hire individuals with a felony conviction within at least the past 5 years.

Housing may be difficult to find. Ask the potential employer if they offer housing assistance.

Be flexible in your expectations of the job schedule. You need to work the schedule that is best for the company’s needs, not your own. As you gain experience, you may be in a better position for other scheduling options, either with your current company or a new company.


Derrick Hand: The crew member who handles the upper end of the drill string as it is being hoisted out of or lowered into the hole. The derrick hand may be responsible for the circulating machinery and the conditioning of the drilling or workover fluid and is usually next in line of authority under the driller.


Driller: The employee normally in charge of a specific (tour) drilling or workover crew. The driller‟s main duty is operation of the drilling and hoisting equipment, but may also be responsible for the downhole condition of the well, operation of downhole tools, and pipe measurements. The driller is directly in charge of a particular crew.


Drilling Foreman: Person usually in charge of a number of rigs, and is sometimes the operator‟s (oil company‟s) representative.


Floor Hand: A drilling or workover rig worker, subordinate to the driller, whose primary work station is on the rig floor. Sometimes called roustabout or laborer. Floor hands typically work long, hard days (very physical). Duties may include assembling or repairing oilfield equipment using hand and power tools, assisting in slotting, welding and inserting casing screens, assisting with well development and pumping tests, carrying out minor maintenance and repairs including lubrication, cleaning equipment, drilling and camp sites, digging and cleaning mud pits and drains, helping move drilling rigs and equipment from site to site, and more.


Land Survey Field Assistant: A land survey field assistant is a member of a team that determines precise boundaries of land parcels, airspaces and water sites. Construction, transport and communications-mapping industries rely on this data which provides the legal boundaries for land ownership and political districts. A land surveyor field assistant uses telescopic and trigonometric instruments to gather measurements on, above, and below the earth’s surface that are later analyzed to determine borders.

Motorman: Employee involved in the proper maintenance and repair of the engines of the drilling rig and other motorized drilling rig equipment.


Pipe Layer: Lays 10″ irrigation pipe and does water transfer/pumping water to frac tanks.


Shop Hand: Cleans the shop and trucks, moves and operates equipment and vehicles as needed, and helps with truck and equipment maintenance.


Stabber: A rig hand who, during the running of casing or tubing, stands on the tubing board high in the derrick and guides the pipe into position so the threaded end can be set in the collar and made up by floor hands using tongs.


Swamper: Typically the helper of the more experienced person. A swamper spends a lot of time loading and unloading trucks. This person transports construction and plant equipment and materials (including pipe and living quarters for camps) on highway; moves equipment and supplies off highway; moves overweight or over dimensional loads; and dismantles, transports and assembles drilling and service rigs.


Truck Driver: Operates various types of transports, including water trucks, fuel trucks, gravel trucks, string trucks, vacuum trucks, high boys/low boys. Truck drivers are required during every stage of the construction project. Truck drivers are responsible for operating the truck in a safe and efficient manner and generally require a Class A CDL with as many endorsements as possible.


Wireline Operator/Field Engineer: Assist experienced crew members in running wireline operations in the field. Driving wireline trucks and cranes to and cleaning and maintaining the trucks and equipment. Supervise and perform wireline operations in the field as well as supervise and perform maintenance of all the trucks and equipment from well site locations.

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