Rig Technician

"Rig Technician" means a person who operates oil and gas drilling rigs, with job duties as follows: 

Rig Technician (Level 1 - Motorhand): maintain drilling rig engines, transmissions, heating systems, diesel electric generators and motors, hydraulic systems, and other mechanical equipment, maintain equipment logs and preventative maintenance records as required, monitor inventories of fuels, oil filters, lube oils, greases and other service items, supervise training and activities of floorhands and laborers, ensuring they work safely and efficiently, participate in rig mobilization and de-mobilization (rig-up and tear-out).

Rig Technician (Level 2 - Derrickhand): operate and maintain drilling fluid systems and pumps during drilling, mix fluid chemicals and additives as required by the program, handle sections of drill string assembly from a platform on the rig derrick during tripping operations, monitor and record mud flows and volumes and fluid properties (i.e. mud weight)work under the direction of the Rig Technician and assist with crew supervision, ensuring the crew works safely and efficiently, participate in rig mobilization and de-mobilization (rig-up and tear-out).

Rig Technician (Level 3 - Driller): operate the draw-works, rotary equipment and pumps and supervise the assembly of drill string, ensure that safety and support equipment is functioning properly, monitor the progress of the drilling operation and communicate with well-site supervisors, keep a current record of drilling progress, train crew members, introduce procedures which may help the crew to work more safely and effectively, supervise rig mobilization and de-mobilization (rig-up and tear-out)


If you are already enrolled in this program, your credential will still be granted upon completion. Once a program is designated "inactive," ITA will not register new apprentices in the program. 

If you have any questions or concerns about completing your program, please contact ITA Customer Service at (778) 328-8700; Toll Free +1 866-660-6011 or by email at customerservice@itabc.ca.


Program Updates:

Effective June 30, 2021, Rig Technician has been de-designated as a Red Seal Trade. OPSN 2019 020 is rescinded and ITA is no longer accepting challenge applications or issuing Red Seal Endorsements.

Effective December 1, 2019, the Rig Technician apprenticeship pathway has been deactivated.  The challenge pathway for the Rig Technician trade has been preserved. Please see OPSN 2019 020 for complete details.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
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Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.