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Rig Technician

Trade Description:

Rig Technicians operate and maintain drilling rig equipment, systems, pumps and engines. This includes duties of the motorhand which looks after the engines and other machinery, the derrickhand who assists the driller with equipment maintenance and looks after the pumps and mud system and the driller who monitors and records the progress of the drilling operation, as well as being responsible to develop a well-trained, responsible and safety-conscious crew.

Rig technicians are employed by contractors who own and operate oil and gas well drilling rigs and contract with oil producers to drill wells.

Trade Regulation Sample Exams
National Occupational Analysis

Apprenticeship - Annual Requirements:

Levels Total Hours/Year
(On-the-Job & Technical Training)
Total Weeks/Year
(Technical Training)
Delivered By
3  1,620  4-4-4 NAIT, SAIT, RDC & MHC

Training Standards:

Curriculum standards are organized by Alberta. For more information, visit Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or the National Occupational Analysis (NOA).


Challenging the Exam - Trades Qualification:

Years of Experience Hours Required
Additional Practical
Exam Required
4.5 7,290 No
Questions regarding eligibility to challenge this trade
should be directed to

Designated Trainers:

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