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Company: Patterson-UTI
Location: Alice, TX
Employment Type: Full-Time Employee
Minimum Education: High School/Secondary
Work Authorization: United States
Date Posted: May 14, 2015


The Swamper is the general utility position in our Trucking Department and is responsible for supporting our truck drivers and rig operators with the rig up, rig down, and movement of oil rigs and other materials from one field location to another. This position consists entirely of various manual labor functions and duties related to on- and off-loading materials, maintaining and moving equipment, and assisting in rig up and rig down at drilling locations. This is the entry-level position in our Trucking Department.

Key Relevant Tasks

  • Secure drilling equipment and materials (e.g., drilling platform components, oil derrick, piping) and other objects on location (e.g. trailers, machinery) to trucks using chains, ropes, cables, and/or straps for movement around existing location or for transport to new drilling location
  • Give and receive hand signals to truck driver to allow for safe and efficient movement around the drilling location as well as loading and unloading of equipment and materials
  • Check equipment for problems and safety issues on an ongoing basis
  • Assist with rig up and rig down procedures, which may include working on the drilling platform while wearing a safety harness (platform is approx. 30 feet off the ground)
  • Use a variety of hand and power tools to perform a range of mechanically oriented functions (e.g. tightening straps, knocking out pins)
  • Dig ditches, clean up spills and stand safety watch during operations
  • Assist in cleaning and general upkeep of various worksites including the rig location
  • Support other crew members as needed, ensure compliance with safety procedures, and other additional tasks as assigned
  • Support the truck driver with any tasks on or outside of the truck
  • Ride with truck drivers to a new location (if in close proximity)
  • Attend and follow a brief safety and planning meeting at the beginning of each shift

Work Environment

Work shifts are typically 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (14 hours) with a limit of 70 hours per week. Extended shifts can include days, nights and occasional overtime as well as weekends and holidays. Swampers may occasionally be asked to stay overnight at a motel near to the drilling location.

This position will be exposed to a variety of weather conditions, including precipitation, cold / heat, dust, and high wind. The uneven terrain typically consists of gravel, dirt, mud, and sand. They will be exposed to the typical conditions of the local area where the trucking operations and drilling rigs are located. Rig locations are loud and busy, demanding constant awareness from the Swamper.

The position poses a low risk of bodily injury and can be physically tiring. The Swamper must work with an emphasis on safety for themselves and others including coworkers and third parties. Safety training is provided, and the Swamper must adhere to these guidelines. They also must be able to work closely with others as they will work together in the confined work areas and under time-sensitive deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma, certificate, or equivalent.
  • Able to speak and read English. Basic Math skills – counting, addition, subtraction.
  • Must have reliable transportation to Patterson offices and to and from rig locations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Mechanical knowledge and aptitude.
  • Prior experience working on oil rigs locations.


In order to apply for this position, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum Education: High School/Secondary
  • Must be authorized to work in United States





  1. I have 15 years oilfield experience, I have worked drilling as well as production/work over, I’ve had the position of floor/moters/Derricks /, and I did relief driller, I’m very interested in this position and to join your company, I’m willing to travel and work over time hours if needed, please call with any further questions,….Jeff cameron

    1. Jeff, did you fill out the form? I don’t remember seeing your name. You must submit a form if you are interested in this job. Thanks!

        1. Jason, did you fill out the form? You can only apply for the job by filling out the the form in the job listing.

    1. Yes. However, if you are looking for a job, you need to submit your info in the job posting you are interested in.

      1. Hi Lori I submitted my application just so you know I’m experience swamper on poletruck tandem crains

  2. I was a floorhand for Patterson until January. What is the work schedule for a swamper. And I live in Houston. I’m use to 2 weeks on 2 weeks off, 12 hour swing shifts… so I was just curious how the swamper compares. Thanks, Lori!

  3. Adternoon Mrs. Lori I live in Alice Tx and I am a experienced Swamper (pole truck, tandem, crane) I’ve also done some roustabout but I am looking for a Swamper position, is there any openings for this position as of right now?

  4. Lori I’m very interested in this job opportunity.. please give me the chance to show ull I’m a hard worker.. I have about 8 years in the oilfield mainly on the rigs…

  5. Im David cantu from edinburg tx .i have experience. As a roundabout and labor im really interested in working


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