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Careers

At Cactus, we believe the recruitment and development of good people is vital to the success of our company.  With employment opportunities in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico, we're continuously seeking top-quality individuals to join our team.  We offer competitive compensation, quality benefits, a commitment to providing a safe and desirable workplace, and a culture devoted to developing talent and cultivating the leaders that will sustain our company's future.

If you're interested in employment with Cactus, fill out our online application form or download the printable application to print a paper application.  Completed paper applications should be faxed to our corporate office at 405.577.9306.

When available, some of our drilling operations and yard/shop positions offered are as follows:

Yard Hand

Yard Hand

The Yard Hand is responsible for keeping the yard location and shop clean, picked up and clear of safety hazards. It is necessary that every hand be mentally alert and physically fit during the workday. The Yard Hand will assist in sorting and staking incoming and outgoing materials and inventory. Responsibilities include assisting welders, mechanics, and/or electricians. General assembly of drilling equipment is required along with minor sandblasting and painting. Driving a Fork Lift (after receiving Fork Lift Training Classes) will be included in the general duties. Activities will be as follows: The ability to push/pull items weighing 50lbs 20 to 50 times in a 12 hour period. The ability to lift items weighing 50lbs from the floor to the waist 8 to 10 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to carry items weighing 25lbs 8 to 10 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to stand up to 100% of the time. The ability to climb up to 35% of the time 20 to 50 steps. Primary Duties of this position require maximum level of physical activity. The employee must be able to tolerate 12 hours of standing, climbing, lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying weights of up to 50 lbs. The work performed outside with prolonged exposure to the environment, both hot and cold. Operations could also involve prolonged exposure to wet or damp conditions, i.e. working in rain, snow, and sleet. Muscle groups include: Quadriceps, Low Back Extensors, Hip Extensors, Abdominal, Latissimus Dorsi, Deltoid, Pectorals, and Hand Grip.

Floor Hand/Lead Tong Head

Floor Hand

There are two floor hand positions: Floor Hand and Lead Tong Hand. Each must daily inspect the tongs, breakout line, snub lines, and tong dies for damage, excessive wear, fraying oil soaks, etc. and keep them safe and in good repair. During normal drilling operations duties include washing, cleaning, mechanical repairs, digging ditches, drill pope connections, drill pipe trips and other manual handling and/or maintenance activities as required by operational needs. While tripping (adding additional pipe to the stand), the Lead Tong Hand must pull and install the busing assembly. This activity will include lifting the tongs and lateral movement of the tongs to attach them to the drill pipe. The tongs are on counterweights and the exertion required to lift them would vary, but is estimated to be similar to lifting weights between 10-30 pounds. The lifting range up or down is 1-2 feet, in the area of the waist. This activity is repeated and could be performed as many as 175 times in a 12-hour Shift. Another activity conducted between tong usages is “pulling the slips.” This activity is performed by 2 or 3 men (depending on crew size) and could be conducted as many as 175 times per a 12-hour shift. The slips weigh between 100 and 175 pounds and the weight would be distributed between the 2 or 3 employees. The slips are located at floor level and would be lifted a distance of 18-24 inches. Racking pipe is another function performed by one of the Floor Hands during a drill pipe trip and involves manually pushing a suspended length of pipe to the area where it is racked. The reverse activity involves restraining the suspended pipe and guiding it across the rig floor. This activity is performed in the standing position and could be performed as many as 100 times per a 12-hour shift. Tripping the pipe string is an operation which involves removing all of the pipe from the well bore and racking it in the derrick. The pipe may be removed for various reasons, but usually is done to replace a drill bit on the end of the drill string. After the operation is complete, the pipe is “tripped” back into the well bore. The tripping operations vary depending on the depth of the well and other factors. Employees may be involved in the tripping operation for the full 12 hours of their work shift. The Floor Hand is responsible for catching and cleaning samples of formation cuttings while drilling. If drilling in gas, he must keep the flare bucket burning. At times it is necessary for the Floor Hand to climb up in the derrick and assist the derrick hand such as bridling up or bridling down. He must also be able to go up and grease the traveling blocks and bridle line sheaves. All hands working together must keep the rig clean, picked up and free of safety hazards. It is necessary that every hand be mentally alert and physically fit during his tour. Activities will be as follows: The ability to push/pull items weighing 50lbs 20 to 175 times in a 12 hour period. The ability to lift items weighing 100lbs from the floor to the waist 8 to 10 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to carry items weighing 100lbs 8 to 10 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to stand up to 100% of the time. The ability to climb up to 35% of the time 20 to 50 steps. (Up and Down @ 12 times per shift) Primary Duties of this position require maximum level of physical activity. The employee must be able to tolerate 12 hours of standing, climbing, lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying weights of up to 100 lbs. The work is performed outside with prolonged exposure to the environment, both hot and cold. Operations could also involve prolonged exposure to wet or damp conditions, i.e. working in rain, snow, and sleet. Muscle groups include: Quadriceps, Low Back Extensors, Hip Extensors, Abdominal, Latissimus Dorsi, Deltoid, Pectoralis, and Hand Grip.

Motorman

Motorman

The motorman’s primary responsibility is to take care of all the motors on the rig. He must have a mechanical mind and the ability to trouble shoot and identify and repair minor problems that arise. He is responsible for checking the oil, oil pressure, temperature, fuel pressure and radiator water level and to record his findings in the daily engine report during his tour. He must be mentally alert and physically fit during his tour. Other responsibilities include racking pipe on the racking board when coming out of the hole and fill pipe when going in the hole. He is responsible for operation of the closing unit when shutting the well. Activities will be as follows: The ability to push/pull items weighing 50lbs 20 to 150 times in a 12 hour period. The ability to lift items weighing 100lbs from the floor to the waist 8 to 10 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to carry items weighing 100lbs 8 to 10 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to stand up to 80% of the time. The ability to kneel up to 15% of the time. The ability to climb up to 35% of the time 20 to 50 steps. (Up and Down @ 12 times per shift) Primary Duties of this position require maximum level of physical activity. The employee must be able to tolerate 12 hours of standing, climbing, lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying weights of up to 100 lbs. The work is performed outside with prolonged exposure to the environment, both hot and cold. Operations could also involve prolonged exposure to wet or damp conditions, i.e. working in rain, snow, and sleet. Muscle groups include: Quadriceps, Low Back Extensors, Hip Extensors, Abdominal, Latissimus Dorsi, Deltoid, Pectorals, and Hand Grip.

Derrick Hand

Derrick Hand

The Derrick Hand is the crew member whose work station is in the derrick while drill pipe is being hoisted or lowered in the hole. He attaches the elevators to the stands of drill pipe while the pipe is being lowered into the hole and detaches the elevators and racks the pipe while the pipe is being hoisted out of the hole. Both operations involve the use of the arms and upper body to hold or pull the pipe. This operation could be repeated as many as 80 to 100 times during a 12-hour shift. He is responsible for greasing and inspecting the crown and all sheaves in the derrick. He must be mentally alert and physically fit while on duty. Other responsibilities of the Derrick Hand include mixing chemicals. The chemicals are packaged in paper bags and plastic buckets. The packages vary in weight from 20 to 80 pounds. Lifting and carrying is required to get the materials from the storage area to mixing areas. Manual handling of the packages or bags could require lifting from floor level to levels between 36 and 42 inches high. Unusual circumstances might require the lifting of numerous bags during a 12-hour shift. He is also responsible for watching the mud pits for an increase or decrease of mud volume, mud weight, and changes in funnel viscosity and gas cut mud. He must also watch and listen to the mud pumps to know when there is a problem. Activities will be as follows: The ability to push/pull items weighing 50lbs 20 to 175 times in a 12 hour period. The ability to lift items weighing 100lbs from the floor to 42' 10 to 20 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to carry items weighing 100lbs 10 to 20 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to stand up to 99% of the time. The ability to climb up to 35% of the time 20 to 50 steps. (Up and Down @ 12 times per shift) Primary Duties of this position require maximum level of physical activity. The employee must be able to tolerate 12 hours of standing, climbing, lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying weights of up to 100 lbs. The work is performed outside with prolonged exposure to the environment, both hot and cold. Operations could also involve prolonged exposure to wet or damp conditions, i.e. working in rain, snow, and sleet. Muscle groups include: Quadriceps, Low Back Extensors, Hip Extensors, Abdominal, Latissimus Dorsi, Deltoid, Pectorals, and Hand Grip.

Driller

Driller

The Driller (crew foreman) is directly responsible for the rig crew during normal operations. He must be able to perform any job on the rig required of his hands, in order to instruct his crew on the “how to” procedure or to fill in as a Floor Hand as necessary. Refer to Job & Task Descriptions forms on Floor Hand, Motor Hand, and Derrick Hand for position requirements. He must know the safe operating limits of the rig and keep within those bounds. He is responsible for the operation of drilling and hoisting equipment. Actual rig operations involve the use of both hands and feet to operate controls. The Driller must be able to see gauges and dials at distances between 1 to 10 feet. He must be able to see the Derrick Hand at a distance of 60 to 90 feet away. He must be physically fit and mentally alert at all times to the operations taking place and crew participation. Activities will be as follows: The ability to lift items weighing 100lbs from the floor to the waist 8 to 10 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to carry items weighing 100lbs 8 to 10 times a day for a 12 hour period. The ability to stand up to 100% of the time. The ability to climb up to 35% of the time 20 to 50 steps. (Up and Down @ 12 times per shift) Primary Duties of this position require maximum level of physical activity. The employee must be able to tolerate 12 hours of standing, climbing, lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying weights of up to 100 lbs. The work is performed outside with prolonged exposure to the environment, both hot and cold. Operations could also involve prolonged exposure to wet or damp conditions, i.e. working in rain, snow, and sleet. Muscle groups include: Quadriceps, Low Back Extensors, Hip Extensors, Abdominal, Latissimus Dorsi, Deltoid, Pectorals, and Hand Grip.