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Wireline operator job description

Updated March 23, 2017

A wireline operator works for an oil, gas or mining company. The operator works under the supervision of a senior professional and handles equipment or machinery to increase material flows in oil or mining exploration operations.

Job Specifications

A wireline operator assists in rigging up and rigging down wireline equipment, helps wireline crew during operations and assists in tool string make-ups. The operator also inspects vehicles, mechanised devices and equipment, repairs and maintains machinery and communicates with co-workers and superiors.

Skill Set and Tools

Since most wireline operators perform physical tasks and use mechanical devices, detail orientation and manual dexterity are assets in this occupation, according to O*NET Online. To perform the required tasks aptly, a wireline operator often uses lifting equipment, thread cables, hydraulic lines and pressure-control devices.

Degree Requirements and Earnings

Companies prefer job applicants with a high school diploma and practical experience to fill a wireline operator vacancy. Individuals who have an associate's degree in a technical field may also qualify. Indeed.com shows that wireline operators earned average annual wages of £35,750, as of 2010.

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About the Author

Marquis Codjia is a New York-based freelance writer, investor and banker. He has authored articles since 2000, covering topics such as politics, technology and business. A certified public accountant and certified financial manager, Codjia received a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, majoring in investment analysis and financial management.