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Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining - 47-5013.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Fisherman
  • Operator
  • Pulling Unit Operator
  • Reverse Unit Operator-Fisherman
  • Rig Operator
  • Service Operator
  • Service Rig Operator
  • Tool Pusher
  • Well Servicing Rig Operator
  • Wireline Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply green technologies or techniques, such as the use of coiled tubing, slim-hole drilling, horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, or gas lift systems.
  • Close and seal wells no longer in use.
  • Confer with others to gather information regarding pipe or tool sizes or borehole conditions in wells.
  • Direct drilling crews performing activities such as assembling and connecting pipe, applying weights to drill pipes, or drilling around lodged obstacles.
  • Drive truck-mounted units to well sites.
  • Examine unserviceable wells to determine actions to be taken to improve well conditions.
  • Insert detection instruments into wells with obstructions.
  • Install pressure-control devices onto wellheads.
  • Interpret instrument readings to ascertain the depth of obstruction.
  • Listen to engines, rotary chains, or other equipment to detect faulty operations or unusual well conditions.
  • Maintain and perform safety inspections on equipment and tools.
  • Monitor sound wave-generating or detecting mechanisms to determine well fluid levels.
  • Operate controls that raise derricks or level rigs.
  • Operate pumps that circulate water, oil, or other fluids through wells to remove sand or other materials obstructing the free flow of oil.
  • Operate specialized equipment to remove obstructions by backing off or severing pipes by chemical or explosive action.
  • Perforate well casings or sidewalls of boreholes with explosive charges.
  • Prepare reports of services rendered, tools used, or time required, for billing purposes.
  • Select fishing methods or tools for removing obstacles such as liners, broken casing, screens, or drill pipe.
  • Thread cables through derrick pulleys, using hand tools.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply new technologies to improve work processes.
  • Communicate with other construction or extraction personnel to discuss project details.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Maintain extraction or excavation equipment.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Monitor extraction operations.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate detonation equipment.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Prepare excavation or extraction sites for commissioning or decommissioning.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Select construction equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Fishing-Tool Technician, Oil Well
  • Oil-Well-Service Operator
  • Service-Unit Operator, Oil Well