Careers at Cyclone
The Floor Hand Position is our entry-level position at Cyclone Drilling. Generally, employees will start as a Floor Hand and work their way up through the positions on a rig. Right now, Cyclone is hiring for the Floor Hand positions as they come open. The majority of applicants who are hired have 6 months or more experience working on a large Oil and Gas drilling Rig.
The Floorhand works under the direct supervision of the Driller. There are two floor hand positions:
Each must daily inspect the tongs, breakout line, snub lines, and tong dies for damage, excessive wear, fraying oil soaks, etc. and keep them safe and in good repair. During normal drilling operations duties include washing, cleaning, mechanical repairs, digging ditches, drill pipe connections, drill pipe trips and other manual handling and/or maintenance activities as required by operational needs.
While tripping (adding additional pipe to the stand), the Lead Tong Hand must pull and install the busing assembly. This includes lifting the tongs and lateral movement of the tongs to attach them to the drill pipe. The tongs are on counterweights and the exertion required to lift them is estimated to be lifting between 10 to 30 pounds. The lifting range up or down is 1 to 2 feet, in the area of the waist. This activity is repeated and could be performed as many as 175 times in a 12 hour shift.
Pulling slips is also required. This activity is performed by 2 or 3 men (depending on crew size) and could be done as many as 175 times per a 12 hour shift. The slips weigh between 100 and 175 pounds and the weight would be distributed between the 2 or 3 employees. The slips are located at floor level and would be lifted a distance of 18-24 inches.
Racking pipe is also required during a drill pipe trip and involves manually pushing a suspended length of pipe to the area where it is racked. The reverse activity involves restraining the suspended pipe and guiding it across the rig floor. This activity is performed in the standing position and could be performed as many as 100 times per a 12-hour shift.
Tripping the pipe string is an operation which involves removing all of the pipe from the well bore and racking it in the derrick. Employees may be involved in the tripping operation for the full 12 hours of their work shift.
The Floor Hand is responsible for catching and cleaning samples of formation cuttings while drilling. If drilling in gas, he must keep the flare bucket burning. At times it is necessary for the Floor Hand to climb up in the derrick and assist the derrick hand such as bridling up or bridling down. He must also be able to go up and grease the traveling blocks and bridle line sheaves.
Physical Requirements Include:
At Cyclone Drilling, we believe that the hiring and training of good people is critical for the continued success of our company. The foundation of Cyclone Drilling’s success starts with solid leadership that knows how to foster a positive and safe work environment, while providing competitive compensation and benefits. If you believe in delivering high quality work and developing your talents in a team environment, then you would be a good addition to the Cyclone Drilling team. Employment opportunities exist in Colorado, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Cyclone Drilling is known for providing superior solutions through teamwork with our industry's leading professionals who complete tasks successfully.