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Solids Control Technician

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About This Career

Solids Control Technicians operate equipment to separate out particles, debris and other solids that are crushed by the drill and carried to the surface. The separation allows the drilling fluids to be reused in the drilling process. The separation process is carried out over stages involving multiple types of processes and equipment. Solids Control Technicians work with other well services members at the drilling site. They are also responsible for maintaining the solids control equipment and ensuring the treatment of drilling fluids complies with environmental regulations.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required. Mechanical aptitude and the ability to troubleshoot and repair problems with motors, electrical, panels and valves are considered assets.

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.

Example titles: Mud Control Technician

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Performing all duties in accordance with company safety policies and safe work practices.
Reporting hazards, near misses, incidents and accidents.
Participating in on-site safety and emergency drills.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Coordinating with other services at the well location to ensure safe and efficient operations.
Arranging for the disposal of solids collected during the process.
Documenting/Recording Information
Documenting all maintenance activities.
Maintaining a computer database of the solids control equipment, spares, tools and consumables.
Handling and Moving Objects
Setting up, tearing down and preparing the solids control equipment and its related systems for transport.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Performing daily inspections of solids control equipment and its associated systems.
Conducting post-operations inspections and assisting in the repair of solids control equipment at a company location, such as the shop or yard.
Monitoring Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring and adjusting solids control equipment readouts during operations to ensure it remains within the correct parameters.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating the solids control equipment and its related systems (e.g., mud tanks, shale shaker, vacuum degasser, centrifuge).
Performing Administrative Activities
Preparing job tickets, daily reports and logs.
Quality Assurance
Conducting tests on drilling fluids to ensure the system is functioning properly.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Maintaining the solids control equipment and its related systems (e.g., mud tanks, shale shaker, vacuum degasser, centrifuge).
Performing preventative and routine maintenance on the solids control equipment and its associated systems.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Troubleshooting minor mechanical and electrical issues.
Training and Teaching Others
Providing on-the-job training and mentoring to less experienced personnel.
Public Safety and Security
Operation and Control
Operation Monitoring
Equipment Maintenance
Career Path
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Working Conditions
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
Transferable Sectors
  • Forestry and logging
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)


  • Class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent) and clean driving record

Additional Requirements:

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