About This Career
Power Tong Operators control the equipment that threads sections of drill casing into the wellbore. As a member of the oilfield well services team, they are responsible for operating power tongs, torque measuring equipment and tube/casing handling equipment at the well site. Casing is required to maintain an oil or gas well’s structural integrity, prevent the cross-contamination of water with other fluids and control well pressure during the drilling, production and maintenance of the well.
Power Tong Operators 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 both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed by the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.
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Long Periods of Standing
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Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Oilfield Driver Awareness
- Class 1 licence (with air brake endorsement) and a clean driving record
- Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test