Entry Senior

Slickline Operator

About This Career

Slickline Operators raise and lower downhole tools (e.g. bailers, pulling tools, stems and running tools) with a wire cable which is used to test and maintain oil and gas wells.  They retrieve and/or install valves, plugs and pressure regulators. They lower and raise downhole tools and plugs to proper depth and direct the fishing tools used to retrieve broken or lost wire or equipment.  

This occupation is divided into several levels from Assistant Operator to Level 3 Operator. Each level involves more responsibility and more complex tasks. Level 1 activities involve all the basic operations such as raising and lowering tools, maintaining the rig and assisting with the planning and implementation of the job. Level 2 and 3 have an added supervisory element.  Further skill, Level 3 is involved in other types of activities such as perforating.  

Education: There are no specific educational requirements, however, training courses are available and it is possible to apply for apprenticeship training in some jurisdictions.

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: Field Operator, Fisherman, Pulling Unit Operator

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Promoting safety awareness and environmental consciousness.
Ensuring operations are in compliance with health and safety regulations and procedures.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Interacting with third parties whose activities could negatively impact slickline job execution process to ensure proper coordination.
Consulting with customers about products and services and promoting good customer relations on site.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Rig-up equipment in accordance with accepted procedures.
Getting Information
Ensuring relevant data is recorded and collected.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Using weight indicator gauges and depth counters to monitor the tension and depth of the slickline.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Performing on-site emergency unit/equipment maintenance.
Public Safety and Security
Equipment Selection
Operation and Control
Career Path
  • Picker
  • Production Tester (assistant)
  • Rig Helper/Worker
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
  • Wireline Operator
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services


8232, 8412

Qualifications + Experience


  • Grade 10