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Well Services Labourer

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About This Career

Well Services Labourers are an entry-level role into a variety of well services occupations.

Well Services Labourers check and load tools and equipment, and prepare worksites. They inspect, clean, repair and maintain tools and vehicles, and may drive trucks or other equipment.  These workers also provide general assistance to Well Service Operators.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically preferred. Basic mechanical skills are an asset.

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

Example titles: Cementing Helper, Fracturing Operator Trainee, Rigger, Snubbing Services Assistant Operator, Well Testing Assistant, Wireline Operator Trainee, Tubing Helper, Production Testing Trainee, Perforator Helper, Well Puller Helper, Well Treatment Helper

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Following safe work practices during operations.
Completing Training
Attending safety and other training including formal shop training and certification courses.
Handling and Moving Objects
Preparing, checking and loading tools and equipment as required.
Using specialized snubbing equipment (used for wells under pressure) to insert or remove drill pipe, tubing or specialized equipment into or from a well.
Assisting in the assembly of equipment and tools.
Supporting rig-up and rig-down operations.
Assisting with rigging in high pressure steel piping from mounted equipment to the wellhead.
Supporting service operations by performing any tasks required.
Assisting drivers and operators of pipeline transportation equipment.
Providing general assistance with pre-and post job operations.
Assisting with the rig-in and rig-out operation of well-testing equipment.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Performing pre- and post-trip vehicle inspections.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Driving equipment trucks
Assisting with the operation of well testing equipment.
Assisting in spotting the units and watching for hazards.
Signalling drivers during loading and backing up operations.
Driving wireline or picker units from a base location to the well site.
Performing General Physical Activities
Loading and unloading drill pipe.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Performing preventative maintenance on stimulation equipment (fracturing unit).
Assisting with the maintenance of well testing equipment.
Cleaning and maintaining vehicles, wireline tools and related equipment.
Performing simple maintenance on tools and trucks.
Service Orientation
Attention to Detail
Public Safety and Security
Active Listening
Career Path
  • Field Dispatcher
  • Technical Salesperson
  • Well services operator roles including Service Rig Operator, Snubbing Operator, Wireline Operator, Fracking Operator, Coiled Tubing Operator
  • Well Services Supervisor
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Working Conditions
  • 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
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Variable weather
    Variable weather
  • Hazardous
    Hazardous Conditions
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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Job Details

Job Category

Field Workers


Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • Grade 10


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Oilfield Driver Awareness


  • Class 1 licence (with air brake endorsement) and a clean driving record are required.

Additional Requirements:

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