Parker Drilling
New Iberia , LA

The Derrickhand is the crew member who handles the upper end of the drill stem as it is being hoisted out of or lowered into the hole. He is also responsible for the conditioning of the drilling fluid and the circulating machinery.
-- Performs pump repairs -- (disassemble, reassemble). Change oil and filers.
-- Trips pipe, works stabbing board and monkey board, must know the proper way to work tongs and pull slips and how to pick up and lay down drill pipe.
-- Works mud pits, checks weight and mixes weight properly, observes pit level and reports any change, mixes chemicals, lines up mixing pump manifold, and maintains good communication with mud engineer.
-- Works on BOP's (nipple up and nipple down), and inspects BOP's daily.
-- Maintains clean working environment.
-- Works on derrick, maintains derrick condition, greases crown and block, and has a knowledge of well condition.
-- Maintains inventory of pump parts, works on mud pumps and change swabs, liners and pots. Keeps oil level right (drawworks and rotary table), greases and checks oil in agitator and troubleshoots problems with mud pump.
-- Performs jacking and skidding, assists the Driller with paperwork, and performs scrubbing and painting.
-- Must be capable of responding to emergency situations including, but not limited to, wellbore influxes, hydrogen sulfide detection, and major mechanical or structural failures.
-- Observes safety regulations. In addition, must be capable of quickly evacuating the facility to avoid injury during emergencies. Must also provide assistance with regard to rescue operations for injuries or overcome personnel.
-- Assists with rig-up / rig-down of the drilling rig; with the repair and maintenance of large mud pumps, shale shaker, desander, desilter, and degasser units; and is responsible for working on the monkey board. Must latch and unlatch drill pipe elevators and pull or push drill pipe into drill pipe fingers.
-- Responsible for greasing crown and visually checking sheaves for wear.
-- Cleans the mast and substructure with a high-pressure steam cleaning unit. Also scrubs and paints mast and substructure.
-- None.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
-- Must possess a High School diploma.
-- Must possess at least 2 years experience as a floorhand.
* Duties and responsibilities may be added or changed at any time at the discretion of your manager, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing.
-- Must possess good oral and written communication skills.
-- Must possess basic math skills.
-- Must possess good reasoning ability.
-- Must not pose a direct threat or significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or health of himself/herself or others.
-- Must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws, regulations and company's safety policies.
-- None.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Sitting, standing, walking, lifting materials (maximum 100 pounds), carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing stairs, climbing using legs and arms, balancing, stooping, kneeling, repeated bends, crawling, reaching high and low, and repetitive twisting or pressure, involving wrist and hands. Hearing, seeing (including depth perception and peripheral vision), ability of rapid mental coordination simultaneously. Must be able to tolerate continuous vibrations and elevated noise levels as well as tolerate wearing personal protective equipment, including, but not limited to, a hard hat, steel toed safety shoes, hearing protection, respirators, safety glasses, goggles and full body harness. Mentally alert for entire regular shift.
This position works in various locations - both in the U.S. and internationally. In international locations, may be subject to extreme temperatures, hostile environments, civil unrest, etc. Also, travel to and from work location may require extended layovers in unfamiliar locations. Exposure to temperature changes, wetness, confined spaces, chemicals, grease and oil, working with ladder/scaffold, working with hands in water, and working alone. Parker Drilling Company will supply adequate training and equipment to meet the functions of the job.