Working Energy

Derrickhand (Western Canada)

companyEnsign Energy Services Inc
locationNisku, AB, Canada
PublishedPublished: Published 2 weeks ago
ExpiresExpires: Expiring in less than 4 weeks
Derrick Hand
TrainingClass 5 Driver's License | H2S Alive | Standard First Aid & CPR | Fall Protection | Other


A Derrickhand works up the derrick on the drilling rig and guides drill string or casing. They also monitor tank levels, add chemicals and take care of shale shakers and mud pumps.


Rig Manager, Driller, Motorhand, Floorhand, Superintendent, Internal Service Personnel, HSE, HR


Client Representatives, Third Party Services


  • Derrickhands must use a harness and platform-climbing device to get to the proper position on the derrick when the drill string (lengths of pipe) or casing pipe is being raised from or lowered into the hole.  Individuals who do not feel comfortable working in high places do not usually move into the position of Derrickhand.  However those wishing to advance to the Driller position must have a good understanding of the Derrickhands duties.
  • When rig is making a trip (running drill pipe in and out of the hole), he works off of the monkey board.  There, while coming out of the hole, he unlatches the elevators from the pipe and racks the pipe sequentially in the fingers after it has been set on the pipe-racking floor by the Floorhand.  While running in the hole, he pulls the proper stand of pipe from the fingers and, when the elevator comes to his position latches it around the stand.  Whenever a Derrickhand goes up the monkey board the blocks stay at the rig floor until the Derrickhand comes to the end of the driving board and signals to the Driller that his fall arrest system is hooked up.  Under direction of the Driller, he conditions the drilling fluid and maintains the mud pumps and mud handling and treating equipment.
  • Performing all duties in a safe manner. Handling all miscellaneous duties above the derrick floor, lubrication of the hoisting equipment, stringing of lines, and minor repairs to the hoisting equipment and derrick.
  • Assisting the Driller in the maintenance of the drilling rig and other equipment
  • Become familiar with the work of the Drill as time permits
  • Inspecting and reporting to the Driller the condition of the derrick and derrick fall arrest equipment
  • The morning and evening tour Derrickhand must note and report changes in the condition of the derrick or hazards that have developed during their tour
  • Ensure anyone climbing the derrick uses a full body harness and fall protection above 3 meters
  • Derrickhand should never be out of racking fingers when travelling block and hook are passing.  Pipe left standing in the derrick should be securely tied.
  • Derrickhand will change shifts on the rig floor, not on the monkey board.


  • Mechanical inclination
  • Safety minded
  • Ability to work at heights


  • Proven ability to work safely and work with team members
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent ability to monitor multiple activities at the same time
  • Ability to mentor less experienced and less mechanically inclined personnel new to rig


  • Previous derrickhand experience required
  • Associated training tickets for region and activity. These may include, but are not limited to: H2S Certification, First Aid, Common Safety Orientations
  • Ensign’s HR/HSE Induction and assigned training per Regional Training Matrix
  • Any client specific training for site access


  • Required Qualifications and Certifications:
  • H2S Alive
  • Standard First Aid
  • Fall Protection / Rig Rescue
  • Special Oilwell boilers
  • Loader Operator Training
  • Valid Driver’s License and Transportation
  • EnCAAP
  • Certificates depending on the type of well & location
  • Must complete Ensign’s HR/HSE Induction Orientation
  • Any Site specific training required by Operator
  • Able to communicate effectively and take instruction from others
  • Previous Derrickhand experience
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds daily


  • Business Ethics – Understands fully Ensign’s ethics policy and its application in all business dealings including contractual agreements and contract negotiations
  • Business Policies - Understands and agrees to follow all of Ensign’s Policy and Directives and procedures as set forth in the Ensign Company Policy and Basic Directives Handbook for Employees
  • Certifications – Maintains technical and safety certifications required by company or government agencies; remains current on all OSHA, EUSD and other required training
  • Drug-free workplace - Conforms to a drug-free workplace, not be under the influence of mind-altering prescription or non-prescription drugs, including alcohol and other drugs of abuse.
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Understands fully the Ensign Health and Safety policy and self-responsibility for own health and safety at work;  Demonstrates responsibility to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of others through any act or omission
    • Uses the correct protective clothing and equipment as provided by Ensign and guards against misuse or damage to such equipment
    • Reports any hazardous situations arising in the workplace that cannot be self-corrected, or injury incurred during the course of work, no matter how minor
  • Avoids injury resulting from manual handling tasks, by use of risk assessment, correct mechanical handling equipment and correct manual handling techniques

Area of focus

  • Drilling
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