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Coiled Tubing Operator

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About This Career

As a member of the oilfield services team, Coiled Tubing Operators drive and operate vehicles equipped with coiled tubing, essentially a long pipe spooled on a large reel. Coiled tubing is used to perform tasks within a well, such as pumping fluids to stimulate the flow of oil or natural gas, removing obstructions, and deploying materials and tools that can be used for measuring well conditions. Coiled tubing is used during the drilling, completion, maintenance and abandonment or remediation of oil or gas wells.

Coiled Tubing 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 in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.

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Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Participating in regular on-site and off-site safety meetings and training sessions.
Preventing potential hazards.
Using and maintaining the required safety equipment (PPE).
Complying with all relevant company policy and regulations related to HS&E (Health, Safety and Environment).
Adhering to safety standards for the well, yard and shop at all times.
Identifying potential hazards for personnel.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Communicating with the Wellsite Supervisor and fellow crew members to complete jobs with a focus on safety, environment and community.
Documenting/Recording Information
Completing a driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) to provide information on fluid levels, engine and belt conditions, air brakes, slack adjuster, air lines, wheels, etc.
Handling and Moving Objects
Assisting with rigging in and other functions at the job site as required.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Conducting pre-trip inspection.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Driving and operating the coil tubing unit or support equipment, such as the fluid pump or crane, to assist in the completion of an oil and gas well.
Performing Administrative Activities
Completing work orders and compliance paperwork associated with job duties.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Performing regular maintenance checks on the iron/sand truck while following safe work procedures.
Ensuring units are clean and functioning.
Attention to Detail
Public Safety and Security
Operation Monitoring
Equipment Maintenance
Operation and Control
Career Path
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Working Conditions
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
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    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
Transferable Sectors
  • Forestry and logging
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Truck transportation
Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • 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

Additional Requirements:

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