Working for Precision drilling on an old Triple Drill Rig
Oil & Gas Rig Technician/ Motor Hand (Former Employee) – Grande Prairie, AB – 21 September 2018
My first real job as i see it was when I left Vancouver island with 1000$ in my pocket and my cavalier car and headed to Edmonton to get hired on with PD. Right after doing the training course i knew this would be labour intensive. I got on an old triple drill rig that didn't have all the fancy hydraulic elevators or hydraulic cat walk. Every piece of iron had to be pushed or pulled if you wanted it to move. I started as rough neck , then became a motor hand for most of my career with PD and worked a bit of derrick hand. A typical day on the drill rig would have us scrubbing and keeping it in tip top shape. Checking the hydraulic system and BOP Blow out preventer as well as the choke manifold and mud tank system in case we took a kick of gas and had to shut in and kill the well. As a motor hand i would service the 1000HP triplex mud pumps with the derrick hand. I was in charge of the SCR shack and the three CAT 600 HP diesel generator. I maintained the systems on the rig and ran the steam boiler in the winter to keep the rig warm. When we had to trip pipe in/out of the hole this could take 12 hrs at times as the depth that could be reached was 3400 meters. I liked working up the derrick tho it was just me pulling back pipe without any help by myself all night, so it could get a bit repetitive and cold as there was no heat 100ft up the derrick on the monkey boards as they called it. Most of the guys were great to work with, some of the fill in drillers could be a bit bossy and short tempered but if you worked hard and looked after one another it was pretty easy going. The hardestmore... part of the job at that point was the physical labour in the cold weather, Nothing wants to move easily and things freeze up constantly. The best part was the we had our own small camp and the food was phenomenal , the cooks would make us what we wanted.less
Great food as we had our own cooks
cold weather, labourous, getting covered in Invert mud
Derrick Hand (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 8 September 2018
I enjoyed my time working for PD, and would recomend them to anyone. they will always help shuffle people around to ensure theres some work for you as long as you're willing to take some jobs below your normal position for a few weeks.
Sr. Network Engineer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 23 August 2018
Like working in a mafia family, only friends and family culture, out sliders will be treated badly. HR does a great job hiring the good people but in operations they will keep who they know I was discriminated at in broad day light and the manager ignored all my complaints
Motor Hand (Former Employee) – Nisku, AB – 15 June 2018
Drive to remote destination and work for 20 days 12 hours a day. It’s very fast paced hard physically demand dirty work. Safety is always priority but it is still a dangerous job if your not constantly aware of what’s going on.
Senior Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 11 June 2018
Worked there for a long time made lots of great business contact and wish continued success for all the companies employees and share holders. As a large brand they will have continued success in the current climate.
Derrick Hand (Former Employee) – Fort St. John, BC – 20 April 2018
I liked working for Precision in the beginning of my 5 years. When oil prices were high, the pay was good and they treated us with respect. If you weren't an idiot you could advance fairly quickly. But when stuff got slow they started treating the employees more like numbers than people. I understand that the company could be in trouble as well, but at least treat your employees with the respect they deserve.
Directional Driller (Former Employee) – Nisku, AB – 21 March 2018
A typical day at work would consist of having a crew handover meeting. Learn what that crew did for their shift. Management was always fair and very approachable. I learned a lot of problem solving skills while being employed with this company.
Derrickhand (Former Employee) – Nisku, AB – 14 March 2018
Great company, one of the best drilling companies I have worked for or been on location with. Their iron is far superior to many drilling companies and the company included pension and great benefits which is rarely found within the industry.
HSE Superintendent (Former Employee) – Nisku Alberta – 11 March 2018
Lots of promises of big bonuses and ritzy dinners and weekend getaways. In reality, you literally sign your life over to PD and they own you. On call every other week and no overtime pay. They pay you salary, but you work on average, 12-15 hour days....
company expense card and a truck
long hours, no overtime, tiny bonus, work weekends, no family life
Motor hand (Current Employee) – NISKU – 8 March 2018
work your but off, at the end of the day your replaceable, no breaks no real government of Canada labor laws in effect. Many days none stop work with a few easy days in between. always feeling like your job is on the line. speak safety but as long as it doesn't cost more money. having to hear at least once a day that if u mess up ur going home.
you get payed good money to miss out on your home life.