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Applies to all activities and guidelines for operations performed by the Floorhand. The Floorhand is primarily responsible for performing various manual labor tasks throughout the rig site, including: rig up and down activities, general equipment repairs and maintenance on rig components, conduct assigned activities on the rig floor, assist the Derrickman with mud-mixing duties, and other various duties. The Floorhand is responsible for performing these duties in a safe and efficient manner under the direct supervision of the driller or the assistant driller. This job description shall be reviewed as needed.


  • Performs rig up, down, and operating activities for 12-16 hours per day, for 7-20 consecutive days. This includes the operating of the tongs, slips and spinner hawk to connect and disconnect drilling pipe, tubular and drilling bits or tools, and checking hoist lines and ropes for SALA blocks.

  • Performs 'nippling up or nippling down' of the blowout preventer system. This includes the monitoring and operation of the shakers.

  • Assist the Derrickman with mud-mixing duties. This includes assisting within the mud pit, mud pump and chemical sack.

  • Performs general repairs and maintenance on major and minor rig components.

  • Responsible for housekeeping activities on the drilling rig which includes at a minimum washing, chipping and painting.

  • Performs emergency procedures as needed.

  • Other tasks may be assigned as needed.


  • Ensure the safety and quality of the work performed on rig components.

Position Requirements

A valid Driver's License is required, and must have reliable vehicle for transportation to and from the rig locations. 

Must be able to read, write and speak English.                                            

Previous physical labor experience required or as deemed sufficient by Management.

High school education or equivalent is preferred but not required. 

Must be able to lift, move or carry up to 100 pounds.  Regularly required to walk and climb stairs up to 30' high.

Work is normally performed out-of-doors, where exposure to atmospheric conditions of extreme heat or cold.  The job will require that occasional work will be done on slick surfaces due to weather, drilling mud, or oil/grease.    


    Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
    Shift Various Shifts  
    Position Floorhand  
    Division Permian Basin  
    Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
    Open Date 7/9/2018  
    Location Permian Basin  
    About the Organization Orion is a full service drilling company with operations in South Texas, West Texas, and Appalachia. We are looking for safe, talented, and energetic employees who believe in providing quality workmanship. Just like our rigs, Orion has been hand built from the ground up, combining some of the industries' best minds, newest technologies, and proven safety procedures. Orion's first well was drilled in the fall of 2003. Since then we have grown our fleet of rigs to meet industry demands.

    Safety, Equipment, and Personnel are all key factors in a successful drilling program. At Orion, we've invested in careful training, the best in new equipment, and exceptional managers and drillers. Our people and our ingenuity are the root of our success. We know there's more than one way to drill a well. It's not a flashy new process or some patent-pending product that makes our projects successful. It's simply our people and unique way of thinking that makes it all come together.


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