Generally a high school diploma is required at minimum, with a focus on several specific skills such as Math, Mechanics, and English. Many companies will train workers in specific courses required. Most operators learn on the job, but must have a good understanding of things like of physics and electronics, the operation of hydraulic equipment, and concepts of machining and fabricating. In some countries, the process requires technical training or an apprenticeship, which includes classroom sessions as well as supervision under an expert operator. Depending on the regulations of each country, an operator must earn and maintain a variety of safety certifications and machine operation certificates. Rig workers are generally required to undergo regular alcohol and drug testing.
A Derrick Operator should enjoy working with machinery and equipment, and should be comfortable working at heights and in potentially dangerous environments. Derrick Operators have a higher than average rate of injury, so particular attention must be paid to personal care and obeying safety regulations.
Other personal characteristics important for a Derrick Operator include:
good depth perception and eye-hand coordination
good teamwork and interpersonal skills
leadership and management abilities
attention to detail
physical strength and stamina
mechanical aptitude and precision measuring
good vision and hearing
understanding of safety regulations