Derrickman Jobs


Derrickman nature of work

The derrickman is one of the drill rig crew members who gets his name from the fact that during trips he works on a platform attached to the derrick or mast, typically 85 ft (26 m) above the drill rig floor.

On small land drilling crews, the derrickman is second in rank to the driller. Larger offshore crews may have an assistant driller between the derrickman and the driller.

In a typical trip out of the hole (TOH), the derrickman wears a special derrickman safety harness that enables him to lean out from the work platform (called the monkeyboard) to reach the drillpipe in the center of the derrick or mast, throw a line around the pipe and pull it back into its storage location (the fingerboards) until it is time to run the pipe back into the well. In an emergency, the derrickman can quickly reach the ground by an escape line often called the Geronimo line.


His other job is to handle the mud-processing area during periods of circulation. The derrickman measures mud density and conducts the viscosity test on a regular basis. The derrickman reports to the toolpusher during periods of circulation, but is instructed in detail by the mud engineer on what to add to the mud, how fast and how much.

Derrickmen are employed by drilling and well service contractors and by petroleum producing companies.

Derrickman work conditions

The derrickman usually work long hours in all weather conditions on extended roster systems, usually as member of a crew. In terms of skill, physical exertion and perceived danger, a derrickman has one of the most physically demanding jobs on the drill rig crew.

Derrickman duties and tasks

The derrickman perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Align and manipulate sections of pipe or drill stem from a platform on the rig derrick during the removal and replacement of strings of pipe, or drill stem and drill bit
  • Assist in setting up, taking down and transporting drilling and service rigs
  • Operate and maintain drilling rig diesel motors, transmissions, pumps and drilling mud systems, and mix mud chemicals, cements and additives
  • Read gauges to monitor pressure, density, rate and concentration and adjust pumping procedure as required
  • Record mud flows and volumes and take samples
  • Supervise floorhands and laborers

If you are able to meet these requirements and you are motivated to be part of highly motivated team of people please, apply for the derrickman position through a one of the links below:

derrickman jobs

Greeley Tribune

Energy Pipeline: Making Hole — The roughnecks of Sherwood Forest
Greeley Tribune
On March 12, 1943, a top-secret team of 42 American drillers, derrickmen, roustabouts and motormen boarded the troop ship HMS Queen Elizabeth. Four rotary drilling rigs were shipped on separate transport vessels. One was lost to a U-Boat attack.

Derrick Man receives All-American honors
Le Provacteur (subscription)
Senior Derrick Mann has been a crucial part of the Assumption football team throughout his career as a Hound. This past year, Assumption had a seven-win season, marking their best record in 20 years. He is one of the top defensive ends in the league ...

Derrickmen and riggers recruit apprentices
Riverhead LOCAL
The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Derrickmen and Riggers, Local Union #197, will conduct a recruitment from July 7, 2014 through July 18, 2014 for 25 ironworker (stone derrickman and rigger) apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter ...

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