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NOC Code: NOC Code: 8615 Occupation: Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Labourers in this unit group carry out a variety of general labouring duties and operate equipment to assist in the drilling and servicing of oil and gas wells. This unit group also includes labourers who assist in geophysical prospecting for oil and gas. They are employed by drilling and well servicing contractors and by petroleum producing companies. Labourers in this unit group carry out a variety of general labouring duties and operate equipment to assist in the drilling and servicing of oil and gas wells. This unit group also includes labourers who assist in geophysical prospecting for oil and gas. They are employed by drilling and well servicing contractors and by petroleum producing companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2


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Reading
  • Read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read warning signs to learn about electrocution and confined space hazards. (1)
  • Read short notes, e.g. read handwritten notes from supervisors to receive instructions about daily work tasks. (1)
  • Read safety-related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to find information about the safe use of hazardous materials. (2)
  • Read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read step-by-step instructions to learn how to complete tasks, such as mix cleaning solutions and perform vehicle inspections. (2)
  • Read work permits to learn about repairs being performed on equipment. (2)
  • Read trade magazines, newsletters, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on industry trends. (3)
  • Refer to equipment manuals regarding the operation and maintenance of equipment. (3)
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Writing
  • Write short text entries in log books and forms, e.g. write short comments in log books and vehicle inspection and maintenance forms to record the outcomes of safety and equipment inspections. (1)
  • Write short notes to co-workers, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to inform them about defective equipment. (1)
  • Write short reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
  • Write step-by-step instructions, e.g. write instructions to co-workers explaining how to set-up, use and maintain equipment. (3)
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Document Use
  • Scan lists, e.g. scan lists to identify part numbers and quantities. (1)
  • Scan meters and digital readouts, e.g. scan readings on scales and equipment gauges to locate weights, energy readings and temperatures. (1)
  • Scan signs, icons and labels on product packaging and equipment. (1)
  • Locate data, such as dates, times and dimensions, in tables. (2)
  • Scan a variety of forms, e.g. scan work orders to locate information, such as dates, times, parts numbers and quantities. (2)
  • Study schematic drawings, e.g. scan schematic drawings to learn about the location of pumps and values for hydraulic systems. (2)
  • Enter data in forms, e.g. complete check boxes and enter data, such as dates, identification numbers and times, in pre-trip vehicle inspection forms and safety checklists. (2)
  • Study assembly drawings, e.g. scan assembly drawings to learn how to disassemble and assemble equipment, such as pumps. (3)
  • Scan process and instrument diagrams, e.g. oil and gas workers scan process control diagrams to determine the operating condition and performance of equipment. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistants (PDAs) to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use computer-controlled machinery to monitor pressures, sonic activities and gases. (1)
  • Use global positioning systems (GPS) software to determine locations, travel routes and estimated arrival times. (1)
  • Access online information, such as bulletins, posted by suppliers, manufacturers, unions and associations. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by trainers, suppliers, employers and associations. (2)
  • Use laptop computers to complete topographical surveys and generate diagrams. (2)
  • Use CD-ROMs and DVDs to access learning materials produced by trainers, suppliers, employers and associations. (2)
  • Use databases to retrieve equipment maintenance schedules and inventory counts. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with co-workers. (2)
  • Use spreadsheet software to tally costs. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk to suppliers, e.g. contact suppliers to arrange for the timely delivery of products. (1)
  • Participate in meetings, e.g. oil and gas drilling and servicing labourers participate in weekly crew safety meetings where emergency muster and evacuation procedures are discussed and new tester equipment is demonstrated. (2)
  • Exchange information with co-workers, e.g. talk to supervisors to coordinate tasks and with co-workers to discuss risks, safety hazards and instructions. (2)
  • Provide detailed instructions to co-workers, e.g. provide instructions to junior workers about how to perform job tasks and the actions to take in the event of an emergency. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools. (1)
  • Calculate material requirements. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Monitor computer screens to see variations in readings on wireline units. These are shown in graph and schematic form. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Oil and gas drilling labourers estimate the amount of bromite to mix into drilling mud to get a proper weight ratio. (1)
  • Oil and gas drilling labourers estimate the weight of loads and the height of obstructions, such as power lines. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers respond to priorities set by supervisors, but determine the order of tasks most appropriate to get the job done. Tasks are generally repetitive. The work plan is integrated with those of others within the team. Disruptions may be frequent and related to a variety of causes, such as adverse weather, equipment breakdowns or compromised safety conditions. Tasks are reprioritized in response to emergency situations. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the order of tasks and their priorities. You decide the order in which to carry out tasks. (1)
  • Decide how to perform work safely. Consider requirements for personal protective equipment and hazards to yourself and others. (2)
  • Decide to report unsafe work conditions. Act on requirements to report unsafe work conditions by discussing concerns and decisions with co-workers and supervisors. (2)
  • Decide how to deal with emergency situations, e.g. decide how to contend with equipment malfunctions that have the potential to injure. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter safety hazards when conducting service calls. Isolate the safety hazards and initiate procedures to protect yourself and others. (1)
  • You have been asked to perform unsafe work. Speak with your supervisors to clarify their requests and refuse to perform work considered to be unsafe. Follow your legislated right to refuse unsafe work policies until satisfactory outcomes are achieved. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Find information on the operation and maintenance of new equipment by looking in equipment instruction manuals and by speaking with co-workers. (1)
  • Find out the schedule of activities by asking co-workers, tradespeople and supervisors and by scanning schedules. (1)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the performance of equipment. (2)
  • Evaluate your ability to perform work safely. Consider factors, such as personal fatigue, stress and impairments, such as the fear of heights and confined spaces. (2)
  • Evaluate the safety of work sites. Observe electrical, slipping and fall hazards and the location of safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers. Take note of other potential hazards, such as improperly stored tools, broken equipment and confined spaces. (2)
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