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8615 – Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers

Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers 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.


Example titles

  • Floorman/woman - oil and gas drilling
  • Leasehand
  • Oil field labourer
  • Roughneck
  • Roustabout
  • Service rig helper
  • Shakerhand
  • Swamper - oil and gas
  • Well treatment helper
  • Wireline helper
  • Seismic survey helper

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Manipulate sections of pipe or drill stem at the rig floor during drilling and during the removal and replacement of strings of pipe or drill stem and drill bit
  • Maintain drilling equipment on the drill floor
  • Handle, sort and move drill tools, pipe, cement and other materials
  • Clean up rig areas
  • Assist in setting up, taking down and transporting drilling and service rigs and service equipment
  • May drive trucks to transport materials and well service equipment.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Completion of introductory college or petroleum industry-approved training courses may be required.
  • Certificates in hydrogen sulphide awareness, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) or transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to more senior operating positions is possible with experience.


  • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers (8232)
  • Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators (8412)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
Skill level
D – On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Major group
86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
861 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Associated Career Handbook profiles
8615.0 – Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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