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 Health and Safety Principles 
Ensuring that the permit to work system and other health, safety and environmental (HSE) management tools are used correctly.
Applying Health and Safety Principles (II-7)
Enforcing health and safety practices.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Conducting pre-tour meetings with rig crews.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Coordinating rig moves with the client and transportation personnel.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others (IWO-9)
Managing the set up and take down of rigs
Coordinating rig crews.
Determining Compliance 
Adhering to environmental and other governmental laws and policies.
Developing and Building Teams
Handling personnel issues.
Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates
Managing and directing the daily activities of the rig crew.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Participating in preventative and regulatory safety inspections and meetings as per the company's safety policies and procedures.
Maintaining Relationships
Developing and maintaining good working relationships with operator's representatives, subcontractors and other personnel on the rig.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources
Requisitioning and procuring materials and supplies.
Performing Administrative Activities
Preparing and submitting reports.
Performing General Physical Activities
Setting up machines and equipment.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
Resolves operational and personnel issues with rig crews and contractors.
Training and Teaching Others
Training or arranging for training.
Planning and Organizing
Judgment and Decision Making
Public Safety and Security
Management of Personnel Resources
Operation and Control
Career Path
  • Directional Drilling Manager
  • Drilling Consultant
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Field Superintendent
  • Field Supervisor
  • MWD Operator
  • Oil Company Representative
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
  • Tool Hand
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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
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
  • Hazardous
    Hazardous Conditions
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Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Valid class 5 driving license