Title: WISCO Inc. Rig Derrickhand / Floorhand
ID: 1004
Location: Williston, ND
Department: General

Workover rigs, also called well servicing rigs, completion rigs or pulling units, are specialized mobile units set up for inserting or pulling tubulars, sucker rods and other downhole equipment in and out of oil wells. Workover crews are called after an oil well has been drilled and in need of completion, repairs or is going to being retired. These crews are relatively small compared to drilling rig crews and most often consist of tool pushers, operators or relief operators, derrickhand and floorhand’s or roughnecks.

The “Workover Rig Derrickhand” works on platforms at 54’ and 75’ up in the derrick of the workover rig. The derrickhand handles the uppermost section of the tubing and/or sucker rod strings as they are brought from or lowered into the wellbore. By handling the top of the tubing or rods, they are essential in guiding the pipe or rods as they are reconnected to the string when tripping back into the hole. The derrickhand also may play a role on the ground when stacking the tubulars and/or rods as they lay them down along with assisting in picking them up.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities: Includes the following and other duties that may be assigned:

  • Perform services on oil and gas wells as part of a 3-5 person workover rig crew.
  • Perform all well servicing tasks from an elevated position (rod basket at 75’ or tubing board at 54’).
  • Picking up and laying down tubing or sucker rod strings.
  • Assist in loading and off-loading pipe and other items form the truck to rig.
  • Driving a crew truck when necessary.
  • Lifts, removes, installs and operates well head pump, jacks and performs other task as designated by the rig operator or company official.
  • Positions, lifts, attaches, installs and works with matting boards, tubing, rods, casing and associated well equipment, such as rod strippers, polish rods, etc.
  • Operates rod wrenches, tongs, elevators and other associated rig tools and equipment.
  • Reports safety hazards, accidents or maintenance issue to the rig supervisor.
  • Complete required work plans, job safety analysis, observations, and attends safety meetings as required.
  • Plays a role in the company’s Behavior Based Safety and proactive reporting program.
  • Assist with rigging up and rigging down the workover rig.
  • Work the floors or operating the rig the as it becomes necessary.
  • Responsible for operating the mud pump equipment, power swivels, pipe wranglers, mixing fluids, assisting the operator and performing equipment upkeep.

Required Skills:

  • Workover rig experience; Floorhand, Derrickhand, Operator.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and written.
  • Must have basic problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop and lift objects of up to 75 pounds for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions in a fast paced and high stress environment.
  • Must possess exceptional customer service skills and the ability to work with current and potential customers, both internal and external.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Licenses and Certifications: Valid insurable driver’s license, CDL class A or B (preferred). Safety Certifications in possession.

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