Rig Manager

Definition - What does Rig Manager mean?

Rig Manager is an individual who supervises the oil rig, drilling activities and their equipment. The manager acts as a mentor for the drill team which looks to his/her leadership qualities. He/she helps in dispute resolution and provides strategies for solving operational and personnel issues. Rig Managers work closely with a representative of the exploration and production industry to pursue actual drilling of the well. To fulfill the terms and conditions of the job position, they must have certain certifications such as WHIMIS, oil, and field boiler, hydrogen sulfide safety training and training for fall protection.

Petropedia explains Rig Manager

The duties of Rig Manager may vary according to the offshore and onshore positions. The managers take control over personnel, technical, financial and some diverse aspects of a drilling rig. They are the ones who provide information about rig marketing and contracting activities to the operator. The following are the primary duties of the managers:

  • To manage the set up of rigs
  • To maintain the safety programs
  • To manage day to day drilling activities
  • To handle personnel issues
  • To coordinate and communicate with the rig crews regularly
  • To monitor the current government laws and the policies
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