Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers (NOC 8615)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Elemental (generally secondary studies uncompleted)

Nature of work

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.

Main duties

  • Labourers in this unit group perform 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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

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