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Cementing Operator

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About This Career

As a member of the oilfield services team, Cementing Operators operate the equipment used to pump cement into an oil or gas well that secures the steel pipe or casing and provides structural integrity to the wellbore. The cement also prevents the transfer of liquids from the wellbore into groundwater.

Cement Operators perform calculations to determine the amount of cement mix and additives required, using the depth, pressure, volume of cement required and specific purpose in their calculations. 

They must be able to transport equipment to and from the well location, safely rig in and operate the equipment, perform day-to-day inspections, servicing and maintenance of equipment, and complete all required paperwork accurately and on-time.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required. Basic mechanical skills and heavy hauling or off-road driving experience are assets to the job.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Cementing Operator Assistant, Cementing Bulk Material, Cementing Service Operator

Work Activities
Apply Information
Conducting all job roles in accordance with Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) policies and customer best practices.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Operating cement pumping and mixing equipment, such as blenders, liquid additive metering systems, centrifugal pumps and data acquisition systems.
Assisting in the operation of equipment and systems, such as cement pumping and mixing equipment, blenders, liquid additive metering systems, centrifugal pumps and data acquisition systems.
Setting up and utilizing a controller to run Automatic Density Control (ADC) software for the purpose of monitoring and acquiring job data and for accurate mixing of cement slurries in the performance of a cementing job.
Handling and Moving Objects
Assisting during the rigging-up and rigging-down of cementing service equipment on work locations.
Pulling bulk equipment to the plant for loading and assisting with loading.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Assisting in the proper performance of pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections.
Maintaining Relationships
Promoting good customer service relations at the well site.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Troubleshooting cementing equipment and advising on its maintenance and repair as required.
Maintaining the bulk equipment and bulk plant.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Identifying and responding appropriately to HSE hazards, conditions and issues.
Training and Teaching Others
Training operator assistants in the proper performance of pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections and associated paperwork and/or reports.
Training less experienced Service Operators and Operator Assistants in the operation of equipment and systems, such as cement pumping and mixing equipment, blenders, liquid additive metering systems, centrifugal pumps and data acquisition systems.
Competencies
Behavioural
Attention to Detail
Knowledge
Mechanical
Technical
Equipment Selection
Operation Monitoring
Operation and Control
Foundational
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Other well servicing operators including: Service Rig Operator, Snubbing Operator, Wireline Operator, Fracking Operator, Coiled Tubing Operator
  • Technical Salesperson
  • Field Dispatcher
Related Careers
Working Conditions
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
Transferable Sectors
  • Truck transportation
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Forestry and logging
Job Details

Job Category

Operators

Sector

Oil and gas services

NOC

8412

Qualifications + Experience

Education:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)

Certifications:

  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Oilfield Driver Awareness
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Licensing:

  • Class 1 licence (with air brake endorsement) and a clean driving record

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test