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Oil Rig Roles

We provide both permanent and interim oil rig jobs, as we understand the importance of placing candidates in the right roles where they can thrive. Some of the more senior roles that you’ll find are Commissioning Technicians, Rig Auditors, Supervisor roles, Senior Well Engineers, Completions and Interventions Engineer, and various other Engineering positions.

Are you looking for oil rig jobs to further your career? At Orion Group, we have many oil rig-based roles available. Whilst working on an oil rig can be challenging, it also provides a great opportunity for freedom, flexibility, travel, and camaraderie. There are many opportunities at entry level and those who work hard are often well rewarded. Entry-level roles include Welders, Drilling Fluids Engineers, Pipefitters, and Medical Roles.

If you’d like the challenge of working in this industry and enjoy the option of working flexibly, take a look at our jobs in oil rigs below:

Oil rig job disciplines

Our expert oil rig recruiters cover a wide variety of areas and work with candidates across a range of oil rig job disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Operations & Inspection

  • Structural

  • Technician

  • Technology

  • Marine

  • Project Management

  • Health & Safety

  • Project Engineers

  • Production

  • Electrical and Technical

  • Drilling

  • Maintenance

  • Welding

What does an oil rig worker do?

Oil rig workers drill for undersea oil and gas on offshore rigs and use a range of disciplines to safely explore, extract, process, and transport oil from offshore locations.

Multiple different roles keep the platform running safely and efficiently, and there are numerous opportunities for both entry-level and experienced workers, with plenty of chances for career progression.

Types of oil rig jobs

We provide manpower on the latest oil rig projects on a global scale. Our knowledgeable consultants work with some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world on a variety of contract and permanent roles, including:


Drillers play an essential role in the extraction of oil and are responsible for supervising the drilling team, controlling the rate of drilling, and overseeing operations on the drill floor. In addition, they also operate the drill control machinery, keep records of the drilling process, and oversee the assembly of drilling tools.

Commissioning Technician

Commissioning technicians are responsible for ensuring that all components of the rig are installed, tested, and functioning correctly before the rig becomes operational. As such, their role includes preparing and executing pre-commissioning projects and assisting with the maintenance and operation of equipment.


Toolpushers are second in command of the drilling crew and manage a team of workers on an oil rig or platform. They are responsible for running drilling operations and all drilling and well intervention activities and must also ensure that the rig has all the necessary tools, equipment, and supplies to operate safely.

Rig Manager

Rig Managers oversee the day-to-day operations of the oil rig and are responsible for every aspect of rig operations including set up and take down, as well managing personnel and the financial, technical, and performance aspects of a drilling rig.


Derrickhands are responsible for maintaining the derrick and handling the stack sections of the drill pipe. In addition, they must also operate the lifting and hoisting machinery to position the drill, control and maintain mud pumps, and supervise mud pump operators.


Roustabouts are responsible for general labour on the oil rig, such as deck maintenance, basic repair jobs, and unloading and managing supplies. A roustabout position is an ideal entry-level position for somebody interested in starting out in the industry in their first oil rig role.

What are the benefits of working on an oil rig?

There are numerous benefits to working on an oil rig, and oil and gas companies are always looking for talented professionals to live and work on oil rigs across the world. Some of the benefits to working on an oil rig include:

Competitive salary

Due to the demanding nature of the roles and the nature of the skills required, working on an oil rig is a very lucrative career with very competitive rates of pay.

Career advancement

With contract and permanent positions and the ability to work in a variety of different roles, whatever your skillset, working on an oil rig provides unrivalled opportunities for career progression.

Forefront of technology As technologies continue to evolve, the ability to extract undersea oil is constantly improving, so you’ll be working on exciting, projects at the cutting edge of innovation.

Rotational schedules

Most oil rigs follow a rotational work schedule which will typically see you work two weeks on followed by two weeks off. More skilled jobs could even work for two weeks followed by three weeks off.

Why work with Orion Group?

With over 35 years of experience in oil rig recruitment, our team are experts in matching skilled oil and gas professionals to find exciting positions on oil rigs.

As a leading oil rig recruitment agency, we have exclusive access to some of the most exciting roles in the industry and work with many national and international clients on projects both in the UK and across the world.

Our team has their finger firmly on the pulse of the oil and gas industry and keep up to date with all the industry news and trends, which means we have a strong knowledge of what’s going on in the industry.

Want to learn more about how we can help you land your dream job? Contact us today to find out more.

How we will support you

Here at Orion Group, we are proud to provide a holistic approach to recruitment and will only match you with vacancies that suit your skill sets.

We take the time to get to know you, your experience, and your goals, to ensure we find the right roles for you by working together with you to pinpoint the best opportunities for your skill set and career goals.

From interview tips and tricks to regular feedback and even helping to arrange the necessary documentation when you start your position, our team is on hand to provide advice every step of the way, including advice on:

  • Guidance on market rates

  • Qualifications

  • Security clearance

  • Disclosure/DBS processes

  • PPE requirements

  • Travel arrangements

  • Transport requirements

  • Immigration support

  • Deployment advice

Apply for oil rig jobs with Orion Group

If you want to take the next step in your career and start the search for your perfect oil rig job, we’re here to help.

Whether you are just starting out in the industry or are looking for your next career move an offshore oil rig, discover the oil rig jobs we are currently working on here.

Alternatively, register for an account with us today to sign up for job alerts to be the first to hear about our latest oil rig jobs as soon as they come in.

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