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Derrickhand at Western Energy Services Corp.


Western Energy Services Corp. Full-Time
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Horizon Drilling is the 6th largest drilling contractor in Canada with 50 drilling rigs operating through-out Western Canada. Our modern efficient fleet of rigs has an average age of 7 years. We are committed to providing a safe and effective work environment and recognize the value that each employee brings to the overall success of the company. We maintain our focus on providing leadership and guidance to bring out the best in our people. We believe that our dedicated employees and quality equipment have attracted our loyal customer base that has provided us with some of the busiest rigs in the industry. This translates into more consistent hours for our crews and greater earning potential for you.

At Horizon Drilling each employee is more than just a number and will be rewarded and recognized for their commitment to the company. When you chose a career with Horizon Drilling you can feel confident knowing you are working amongst the best in the business, so apply today and become a part of our team!

General Summary of Position: The Derrickhand position is deemed to be a “Safety Sensitive” position due to the proximity of heavy industrial machinery. A Derrickhand handles the uppermost section of the drilling string as it is brought from or lowered into the wellbore or drill hole. A Derrickhand oversees some of the machinery on the rig and is responsible for the conditioning of the drilling fluid and the circulation machinery.

The Derrickhand spends 25% of his time up the rigs derrick and plays the lead role in stacking and guiding pipe as it is tripped in and out or reconnected into the hole. A Derrickhand works with the mud systems, monitors weight and mixes weight properly while reporting any changes. The position requires mixing chemicals, monitoring pump manifolds and most importantly, good communication with the Driller and the Engineer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Driller with equipment maintenance specifically related to the circulating system.
  • Assist with pipe guiding while positioned in the derrick and climb the derrick.
  • Observe and maintain proper drilling fluid characteristics, rate of fluid circulation, mud handling equipment and preventative maintenance programs.
  • Work on or above the drilling floor, guide drilling pipe during tripping process.
  • Ensure usage of proper safety equipment.
  • Ability to follow directions, comply with company guidelines and work in a safe manner.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work safely and plan ahead.
  • Strong Leadership skill.
  • Ability to work in a team setting.
  • Strong communication and organization skills.
  • Strong Mechanical aptitude and Manual dexterity.
  • Ability to judge distance and spatial relationships.


  • Previous hands on experience in all position up to and including Derrickhand is a minimum requirement to be considered for this position

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Valid H2S Alive Certification.
  • Valid CSO Certification
  • Standard First Aid Level C CPR
  • Loader Operator certification
  • Confined Space Entry and Rescue
  • Fall Protection and Fall Rescue for rig work
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Physical Demands:

Working on a drilling rig comes with many physical demands and a commitment to a safe work environment.  A rig worker is exposed to all weather conditions, long hours and rigorous physically demands.   Horizon Drilling is committed to ensure rig workers meet these physical demands by having each employee successfully complete a substance screening and strength and mobility test prior to them being hired.   Rig workers should be able to successfully lift 90 lbs., work 12 hours shift in extreme weather conditions and are able to work in a team environment.  Horizon Drilling is dedicated to a continuous improvement of safety.


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Job ID: 2228