Derrickhand - Fruita, CO. Starting at $30.00/hr. Per Diem. 14/14 Shifts.

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What Patterson-UTI is Hiring for:


Rate of Pay:  Starting at $30.00/hr.

The role is eligible to receive per diem.

 Detailed Description:

  • Stand or stand and walk for a minimum of 3.5 hours and up to 12 hours without being able to sit and while wearing steel-toed boots 
  • Frequently climb steep stairs
  • Frequently climb ladders and work while wearing a harness on an elevated platform
  • Independently use heavy-duty handheld and long-handled tools
  • Utilize proper hand signals when working on the board to communicate with others
  • Work independently while staying on task for the majority of the tour work shift
  • Demonstrate clear communication skills including ability to read, write and speak English as well as understand and promptly follow verbal and written instructions in English
  • Take initiative and work independently during downtime
  • Frequently measure mud weight and viscosity using a scale and timer
  • Regularly maintain and inspect mud systems (mud levels, pumps, shakers, and tanks)
  • Regularly check rig and equipment for problems and safety issues on an ongoing basis
  • Performs preventative maintenance on all equipment above the rig floor and all equipment associated with the drilling fluid system
  • General upkeep of the rig and drilling floor; includes regular sweeping, shoveling, cleaning, painting, washing of equipment and related housekeeping duties
  • Wear required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all designated times which could include but is not limited to: hard hat, safety glasses, coveralls, work gloves, respirator, and hearing protection
  • Inspect the following items in the derrick every tour: all hanging sheaves for wear and grease; all lights on derrick; boom and boom lines; derrick climbing device and derrick ladder; and the stand pipe and Kelly hose
  • Work in a heavy industrial environment which includes working around constantly moving overhead machinery, being in close proximity to loud equipment and handling potentially hazardous chemicals
  • Performs daily inspections of the following: crown block (sheaves and cables); proper working order of the shale shaker (grease bearings, check or loose bolts and replace screens as required); mud agitators; mud mixing equipment; and mud pumps
  • Quickly follow instructions from Mud Engineer and Driller to ensure operational mud systems
  • Handle and mix hazardous chemicals into the mud as directed by Mud Engineer, while properly using required Personal Protective Equipment
  • Prepare stands and steady and guide pipe into and out of elevators during drilling activities
  • Ensure correct mud pit valves are open / closed
  • Monitor Floorhands who are assisting in the pits or with chemical sacks
  • General upkeep and housekeeping of mud pit area
  • Assist with rig up / down procedures
  • Support other crew members as needed, ensure compliance with safety procedures, and other additional tasks as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned that may be outside of this job description

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Internal applicants will have at least 3 months of experience as a Motorhand and the external applicant will have at least 3 months of Derrickhand experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 6 months of experience as a Derrickhand
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

Work Regions:

This opportunity from Patterson-UTI is available in Colorado.


The below are factors that tend to matter for our listing seekers. This listing with Patterson-UTI offers:

Competitive Wages

Per Diem

14 & 14

Full Time Position(s)

As positions vary, please confirm details with employer.


Patterson-UTI has indicated that these are the requirements for the listing:

  • Shift Work
  • 6 Months Experience
  • High School Diploma or GED preferred

Requirements may not be comprehensive. Confirm w/employer.

About Patterson-UTI:

Patterson-UTI provides expertise and scale in major operational areas as well as a diverse network of drilling and pressure pumping services, directional drilling, rental equipment and technology. They are dedicated to delivering results so that their customers can embrace new possibilities and growth.

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