Being a Rig Manager is not an easy gig. The Rig Manager (a.k.a. “toolpush”) works in the field to oversee every aspect of a rig’s operations and is responsible for the safety of three drilling crews (crews work on rotational shifts). A Rig Manager wears many hats: mechanical expert, teacher . . . even paper pusher. But, above all, a Rig Manager is a leader.
Here’s a look at what it’s like to lead a Trinidad rig.
A Rig Manager is responsible for:
- Rig set up, take down and moving
- The safety of all crew members
- Ensuring rig equipment is maintained and operated safely and efficiently
- Completing daily paperwork and attending to other matters of business pertaining to the rig
- Ensuring rig operations comply with environmental and government regulations
- Managing operational costs
A typical day for a Rig Manager:
Leach’s day usually starts at five in the morning with equipment inspections and safety meetings.
“An average day at work consists of doing a walk around the rig, checking over all the equipment and making sure there are no issues, talking to the crew members and ensuring they are getting the job done and keeping up with all of our safety programs,” explained Leach.
Leach spends a lot of time coaching and training his crews so that everyone on the rig knows what is expected of them and has the skills they need to perform their job safely.
“Maintaining good crews and crew morale is my biggest concern because when the crews are happy, the rig gets looked after. And when the rig is cared for, these rigs run almost problem free,” said Leach.
To become a Rig Manager, you must have in-depth knowledge of field operations. In fact, Leach and other Rig Managers are often called upon to help with projects such as rig builds because their expertise is so extensive.
“I have been able to be a part of about a dozen new rig builds over the last six years,” said Leach.
It’s not all work and no play
Many people choose a career in the oilfield because the schedule and compensation allows them to make the most of their time away from work.
“When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, family and friends,” Leach said. “I love to ride my Harley, golf, anything behind a boat on the lake, play hockey and snowboard. I also like to help out on the farm as much as I can.”
Join the Trinidad Drilling team
There are a lot of reasons you should join Trinidad’s team. We offer industry-leading training and great benefits. Plus, our employees get to work on some of the safest, most technically advanced rigs in the drilling business.
“Trinidad is a great company to work for, as it has some of the most user-friendly rigs I have had the chance to work on,” said Leach.
View other posts in our “A day in the life of a rig worker” series.