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Location Drilling - Permian Basin (TX/NM)  
Division US Drilling Services  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  


The Derrickhand oversees some of the machinery on the rig and is responsible for the conditioning of the drilling fluid and the circulation machinery. A Derrickhand works with the mud systems, monitors weight and mixes weight properly while reporting any changes. The Derrickhand mixes chemicals, monitors pump manifolds and communicates with the Engineer and Driller. The Derrickhand is responsible for working the top section of the derricks for inspections, racking pipe in the derricks and making connections.

Essential Functions Include:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Actively participates in the promotion of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment policies and ensure safe working practices and conditions

Reports immediately any incident or accident

Attends daily safety meeting

Maintains an up to date training schedule as per requirements

Participates in pre-task safety meetings prior to any tasks that require them

Maintains a solid understanding of all equipment and operational policies and procedures

Executes tasks as they are provided by senior crew members

Maintains progressive training for the employees on crew

Ensures communication of all activities being conducted is maintained between any parties participating in the function

Ensures all tasks are being completed in a safe and efficient manner

Wage is $32.50/hr

AKITA offers comprehensive benefits including Medical/Dental/Vision PPO, Short and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance/ADD, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Safe Harbor 401k plan.

Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

Education And/Or Experience

High School Diploma or equivalent

One year of experience operating heavy machinery preferred

A minimum of 2 years of experience in the field as a Derrickhand or higher position

Loader Training

Language Skills

Ability to read, write, and speak English; as well as comprehend and follow verbal and written instructions in English

Reasoning Ability

Ability to stay alert and attentive for up to 16 or more hours a day so as to make safe decisions and use proper judgment.

Other Qualifications:

Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as per the operation which may include any combination of the following:

Steel Toed boots, safety glasses, hard hat, work gloves, chemical apron and gloves, approved respiratory device, face shield, goggles, protective hearing devices, safety harness

Ability to perform work outside with prolonged exposure to the environment, both hot and cold, and may also involve prolonged exposure to wet or damp conditions (working in rain, snow, and sleet)

Ability to have reliable transportation and arrive on time to the assigned worksite

Ability to work the rig’s rotational schedule, including holidays, weekends, and/or days and/or nights

Position Derrickhand  
About the Organization AKITA Drilling is an onshore drilling rig service provider that works with leading operators around the world. We pride ourselves on building relationships with our clients and see every project as a partnership.

Our goal at AKITA Drilling is to hire people who want to establish or further their career in the drilling industry. We are in this industry for the long term, and we are looking to attract candidates who share our vision! Take a look at what career opportunities AKITA Drilling can offer you.


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