Rotary Drill Operator Interview Questions

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Interview Question #1:

What are the main job duties and responsibilities of "rotary drill operator" employee?


Rotary drill operator responsibilities are to connect sections of drill pipe, using hand tools and powered wrenches and tongs; repair or replace defective parts of machinery, such as rotary drill rigs, water trucks, air compressors, and pumps, using hand tools; maintain and adjust machinery to ensure proper performance; clean and oil pulleys, blocks, and cables; locate and recover lost or broken bits, casings, and drill pipes from wells, using special tools; observe pressure gauge and move throttles and levers to control the speed of rotary tables, and to regulate pressure of tools at bottoms of boreholes; direct rig crews in drilling and other activities, such as setting up rigs and completing or servicing wells; count sections of drill rod to determine depths of boreholes; push levers and brake pedals to control gasoline, diesel, electric, or steam draw works that lower and raise drill pipes and casings in and out of wells; maintain records of footage drilled, location and nature of strata penetrated, materials and tools used, services rendered, and time required; monitor progress of drilling operations, and select and change drill bits according to the nature of strata, using hand tools; train crews, and introduce procedures to make drill work more safe and effective; bolt together pump and engine parts, and connect tanks and flow lines; start and examine operation of slush pumps to ensure circulation and consistency of drilling fluid or mud in well; weigh clay, and mix with water and chemicals to make drilling mud; remove core samples during drilling to determine the nature of the strata being drilled; line drilled holes with pipes, and install all necessary hardware, to prepare new wells; position and prepare truck-mounted derricks at drilling areas specified on field maps; plug observation wells, and restore sites; cap wells with packers, or turn valves, to regulate outflow of oil from wells; dig holes, set forms, and mix and pour concrete, for foundations of steel or wooden derricks; lower and explode charges in boreholes to start flow of oil from wells.

Interview Question #2:

What are the skills required from rotary drill operator employee in order to success in his work?


Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems, Controlling operations of equipment or systems, Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly, Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action, Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Interview Question #3:

Describe the abilities you have in order to work with us as rotary drill operator?


I have the ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions, tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem, see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer), keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position, quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

Interview Question #4:

What are the knowledge elements you obtained from your education, training and work experience would support your rotary drill operator career?


The knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications, business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources, principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects, principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Interview Question #5:

How would you describe (rotary drill operator or your) needed work style?


My work style matching exactlty what cashier job requires by: being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations, being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks, a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction, being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude, a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Other rotary drill operator interview questions to expect:

Tell about yourself and why you think you are successful rotary drill operator?

Why do you like to work as rotary drill operator?

What could you do not like to work as rotary drill operator?

What are your future steps after experience you'll gain from your rotary drill operator job?

As rotary drill operator, what training courses or extra education that you think will improve your work performance?

What salary do you expect you'll get from being rotary drill operator employee?

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