Top Drive Technician (various positions)
Tesco Corporation - Houston, TX

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Top Drive Technician (various positions)


Top Drive Technician (various positions)

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Objective of the Position

Installs top drive unit and associated equipment at customer’s domestic and international locations and instructs and monitors customer’s rig crew in the proper set up, operation and removal of same to ensure safe and efficient use of equipment in onshore and offshore drilling.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Other duties may be assigned.

  • Unloads equipment from transport containers at customer location and prepares same to rig up the top drive unit in the derrick.
  • Climbs derrick to install the Torque Track system, ensuring appropriate torque is applied to all nuts and bolts.
  • Uses hoisting system to pick up Top Drive system and installs the control panel and mud hoses (some hoses have hammer unions which must be tightened in place with a 10-15 pound hammer).
  • Installs driller’s control panel and runs cables to power unit and top drive unit; hooks up fuel and air lines and power cables from drilling rig to power unit.
  • Performs pre-established tests to ensure proper function of the top drive unit and makes any necessary adjustments.
  • Instructs and monitors drillers and drilling crews in the safe operation of the top drive equipment.
  • Performs routine maintenance on the power and top drive units, changing oils and filters, tightening bolts, changing parts, and repairing whatever is necessary to maintain unit’s proper function.
  • Upon completion of the well, reverses above procedures and rigs down hoses and control cables, top drive unit, torque track and driller’s panel.
  • Cleans all equipment and loads into storage container for transportation to next site.

  • Educational Qualifications
    High School diploma or equivalent.

    Specific Expertise
    3+ years of experience in operating and repairing electric and/or hydraulic equipment and in oil and gas drilling operations.

    Requires travel to/from customer job site via airplane, helicopter, boat, or by driving their personal or rented vehicle. May require extended work hours during customer rig up or rig down.

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