Drilling Rigs

Precision Drilling is Canada’s largest drilling contractor with a fleet of more than 175 well-maintained drilling rigs including Single, Double, Triple and Slant rigs. Our rigs and our drilling Toughnecks are known as the best of the best, in terms of safety, technology and service to our customers.

We invest in training and support for our people. We have an industry-leading health, safety and environment initiative called Target Zero which places a premium on safe working practices.

Learn more here about working with the best and safest team in the business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Salary and Benefits

Precision offers a compensation package that is comprehensive and highly competitive in the oilfield services industry. We offer an excellent benefits program which covers life insurance, disability insurance, prescription medications, basic dental and optical and a pension plan that matches your contributions.

Position Wage per hour in
CAD$ (2016)
Driller $42.00
Assistant Driller $37.00
Derrickhand $36.00
Motorhand $31.00
Floorhand $29.00
Leasehand $28.00

Please note: the above are Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors approved rates

Selection Process

Toughnecks are smart, professional, strong, committed, resourceful, resilient, innovative, collaborative, high-performing and responsible.

Among the things we look for are:

  • eligibility to work in Canada
  • at least 18 years old
  • practices and supports safety policies and procedures
  • Class 5 driver’s licence
  • a reliable vehicle is a benefit
  • valid H2S Alive ticket
  • Enform EGSO (click here for more info)
  • Physically fit and willing to work in a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol environment
  • willingness to attend a Pre-Employment Orientation

Think you’re tough enough? Before applying, take our quiz to determine if you have what it takes to join the Toughnecks.

How to Apply

Toughnecks can apply online or by visiting one of our recruiting offices

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Where do I live while working?

The best Toughneck is flexible and willing and able to work in both camp and non-camp situations. When you are working in a non-camp situation you generally stay in a hotel or motel and receive a subsistence allowance to cover the cost of your food and accommodation.

When you are working in a camp situation, your food and lodging are provided. All rig employees stay in the same camp close to the rig and ride back and forth to the rig in a crew truck.

Precision does not pay for your relocation costs if you move from elsewhere in Canada.

Pre-Employment Orientation

If selected all applicants are required to successfully complete a Pre-Employment Orientation. The training is 3 days. Please be aware that prior to being admitted to the Pre-Employment Orientation you are required to pass a drug test and an intense physical test. The Orientation includes both classroom and hands-on safety and rig-orientation. Visit http://www.surehire.ca/ for more information on the testing.

When you come for your Pre-Employment Orientation, be sure to be well-rested, well-hydrated and ready to work right away. We will be asking you to prove you can work with us every day and as you know, it’s not easy work.

What do I need for gear and how much will it cost?

Clothing needs will be discussed in-depth in the Pre-Employment Orientation. Work wear and equipment can be purchased at the Pre-Employment Orientation.

New Hires receive 2 pairs of coveralls, 1 pair of steel toed boots, 1 green hard hat, 1 pair of safety glasses, 1 pair of rigger gloves and 1 duffle bag (Approx. $500 value – of that, $333.08 will be payroll deducted from first pay cheque).

The following is a list of additional suggested gear:

7 oz Coveralls
1 Bag of Green Kings
Rubber Gloves (1 bag)
Pair of Rain Pants
Rain Jacket
9 oz Coveralls
Hard Hat Liner
1 Bag of Green Kings
Rubber Gloves & 6 sets of liners
Pair of Rain Pants
Bama Socks
Helly Hansen Top & Bottom

What is spring break up and how will it affect me?

Spring break up is when the rigs cannot move to the next work site because road bans are in place. Until road bans are lifted, the rig is shut down and the crews are sent home and laid off if there is no work for them on other rigs.

Spring break up can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months, depending on weather and activity levels. It can start as early as the end of February and continue until the beginning of June.

What kind of training will I receive? Does the company pay for it?

Training starts with the Pre-Employment Orientation and continues on the rig. After completing your 500 hour probationary period, Precision will pay for courses related to your position. For Leasehands and Floorhands this could include Confined Space, Fall Protection and Rig Rescue, Loader Training, Driver Training and Target Zero Safety Training.

Can I obtain certification?

Rig work is a red seal trade recognized across Canada and certified by Alberta Industry Training. The Rig Technician program combines practical learning on the rig with classroom training. When Toughnecks reach the Motorhand level they must register in the apprenticeship program in order to progress.

Where can I take H2S and what does it cost?

You should be able to find an H2S course close to home. Look in the Yellow Pages under “Training Programs” or “Safety Consultants & Training”. Alternatively you can phone Enform, an oilfield training school, at 1-800-667-5557. This course takes one day and costs approximately $150.