Entry Senior

Rig Manager

Courtesy of CNRL

About This Career

Rig Managers are responsible for every aspect of rig operations including set up, take down and rig moves, as well as managing personnel and the financial, technical and performance aspects of a drilling rig. The Rig Manager is typically the point of contact for the operator and provides input during rig marketing and contracting activities.

Rig Managers are responsible for daily paperwork pertaining to rig production and costs. The Rig Manager also ensures that health and safety guidelines are communicated and followed, and that rig operations comply with environmental and governmental regulations. They interact with all drilling rig personnel in addition to well services providers and management. Members of the drilling crew look to their Rig Manager for leadership, safety training, dispute resolution and support to solve personnel and operational issues. 

Education: A high school diploma is required, along with extensive experience working in a rig environment. Additional education, such as college or industry-approved training courses or a post-secondary diploma in petroleum engineering technology may be preferred by some employers.

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

Example titles: Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Service Rig Manager, Service Rig Manager

Work Activities
Applying Information
Managing hydraulic fracturing fluid sourcing and transportation.
Coaching and Developing Others
Leading and mentoring others.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Working with service suppliers to ensure the correct equipment and personnel are allocated and available for operations as required.
Maintaining communication with government and corporate representatives.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Providing written specifications to the Logistics Supervisor for transport of equipment.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Coordinating with service companies for the timely provision of equipment and services.
Coordinating the post evaluation of key performance analysis and continuous improvement of ongoing completion projects.
Determining Compliance
Ensuring all corporate and regulatory safety objectives are met.
Evaluating Information
Ensuring the compatibility of equipment at the drilling/completions interfaces.
Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates
Supervising and providing day-to-day support for Wellsite Supervisors.
Handling and Moving Objects
Preparing completion sub-assemblies and shipping them to the rig site.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources
Monitoring material inventory for all completions equipment.
Approving invoices and managing completion costs.
Performing Administrative Activities
Preparing post-well completion reports, including well status information and documents for handover to the operations department.
Checking invoices prior to approval by the Drilling Manager.
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Working with the sub-surface team to design fit-for-purpose completions.
Providing technical recommendations and support to other organizational units.
Scheduling Work and Activities
Ensuring the timely arrival of personnel, equipment and services at the rig site.
Scheduling resources for jobs and projects to meet deadlines.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Providing efficient operations oversight and undertaking immediate trouble-shooting in the event of problems during the completions phase.
Thinking Creatively
Planning operations and preparing the completions program for each well.
Preparing detailed programs for completions, workovers and abandonments.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Researching innovative technology, including new operational techniques and downhole and surface equipment.
Ensuring completions timely and compliant Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) standards.
Law and Government
Production and Processing
Public Safety and Security
Operation and Control
Management of Material Resources
Career Path
  • Construction Manager
  • Divisional Team Management
  • Drilling Manager
  • Field Management
  • Field Management to Operations Management Divisional Team Management
  • Operations Management
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Non-residential and residential building construction
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Truck transportation
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
Job Details

Job Category




Oil and gas services

Oil sands



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma