An oil drilling rig is a large working construct where all of the pieces of equipment must work properly for the rig to perform at peak efficiency. There are a lot of mechanical hardware and systems onboard that require specialized care from a trained professional. One of those professionals is a supervisor mechanical worker or a mechanic. A supervisor in the mechanical department is responsible for maintaining and repairing all of the mechanical equipment on a rig. This includes all hydraulics, hoses, pipes, and pneumatic equipment. The supervisor mechanical worker also has the task of changing out light bulbs. The job does not usually include electrical systems as that belongs in another job category. However, for some smaller companies, a cmechanic's duties may also include electrical systems.
Supervisor mechanical workers are responsible for the repair and maintenance of all drilling equipment, the pumps and valves in the ballast system, the thrusters, all the auxiliary equipment, generators, and cooling systems. They also care for fuel systems, keep moving parts lubed, inspect for faults or weakened parts, and replace broken parts in a timely manner.
A supervisor mechanical position requires training and years of experience. One does not immediately start out as a supervisor. Workers begin their career as an assistant mechanic, also known as a motorman, and work their way up through the ranks. To be a mechanic on an oil rig, the employee must be certified as a mechanic either through a certified trade school or some type of formal training. Supervisor mechanical employees work the same shifts as everyone else. If they are on an offshore rig, the shifts are twelve hours long. If they work at an onshore location, the shifts are generally eight hours long.
The pay scale for a supervisor mechanical employee varies depending on the company. The average annual salary is between $60,000 and $75,000 a year along with benefits. Supervisor positions are responsible for keeping accurate records of all maintenance done. They report to the chief engineer and monitor that all work done meets company policy and safety standards.
There are several job hierarchies in the oil industry. The lowest job on the team of rig employees is the roustabout. Roustabouts are unskilled laborers who are just learning their trade in the oil industry. Their primary job is cleaning and maintaining the oil rig. Roustabouts are responsible for moving...