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TitleOil Rig Floorhand Jobs
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A Floorhand on an oil rig handles all the drill pipe on the platform floor and is usually one of two floorhands on the rig. Some other responsibilities can include equipment maintenance, helping to mix the "mud" for drilling, mixing chemicals and assisting other members of the oil rig crew. Generally the floorhand is the junior position on any oil rig worksite (along with leasehands), floorhands often quickly rise up in the ranks, depending on how quickly you learn the work and how well you do your job. Being able to work as a member of a team is also an essential skill that must be learned for anyone to who wants to become a floorhand.

For this position you need to be physically fit and have a strong work ethic. If you're like taking more or longer breaks than you should, you probably won't last long in this position. Some smaller rigs have only one floorhand, which means that person may have to work very hard, putting in long hours of back-bending work. Cleaning and maintenance of the various pieces of equipment on the rig is very important and generally falls under the duties of the floorhand. Assisting the other crew members with their duties is also something else a floorhands has to do. This is the reason floorhands develop an overall skill level which can serve them very well whenever they're seeking to move up in the ranks.

The work is hard and very important to the operation of a successful oil drilling operation, but the money is good along with the benefits and work packages available. Special skills and course certification such as First Aid, WHMIS and Fall Protection, will make you a much more attractive addition to the personnel of an oil rig platform. Floorhands can expect to make $25-$30 an hour plus a living allowance of $50 a day (when there is a camp) to $170 a day (when there isn’t a camp).

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