Service Unit Operator Job Description

The Service Unit Operator must operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. They may also perform similar services in mining exploration operations.

Tasks for Service Unit Operators

  • The Service Unit Operator observes load variations on strain gauges, mud pumps, and motor pressure indicators; and listens to engines, rotary chains, and other equipment in order to detect faulty operations or unusual well conditions.
  • The Service Unit Operator confers with other personnel in order to gather information regarding pipe and tool sizes, and borehole conditions in wells.
  • The Service Unit Operator drives truck mounted units to well sees.
  • The Service Unit Operator installs pressure control devices onto well heads.
  • The Service Unit Operator threads cables through pulleys in derricks and connects hydraulic lines, using hand tools.
  • The Service Unit Operator closes and seal wells no longer in use.
  • The Service Unit Operator must operate controls that raise derricks and level rigs.
  • The Service Unit Operator directs drilling crews performing such activities as assembling and connecting pipe, applying weights to drill pipes, and drilling around lodged obstacles.
  • The Service Unit Operator perforates well casings or sidewalls of boreholes with explosive charges.

The Service Unit Operator needs knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance. The Service Unit Operator needs knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. The Service Unit Operator needs knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. The Service Unit Operator needs knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for Service Unit Operators

  • Service Unit Operators give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Unit Operators perform routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Service Unit Operators watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working property.
  • Service Unit Operators determines causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Service Unit Operators determines the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • The Service Unit Operators repair machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • The Service Unit Operators controls operations of equipment or systems.
  • The Service Unit Operators adjusts actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • The Service Unit Operators teaches others how to do something.
  • The Service Unit Operators considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Service Unit Operator

  • The Service Unit Operator needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The Service Unit Operator needs the ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • The Service Unit Operator needs the ability to coordinate two or more limbs for example two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm, while sitting, standing or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

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