Slickline Operator

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Slickline Operator

Cardinal Slickline Services

Summary: Equipment Operators are primarily responsible for the running of down-hole tools and equipment while supervising and training Assistants. Should be continuously advancing their knowledge and skill set to move into a supervisor position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and mentors Slickline Assistants and completes on the job evaluations.
  • Provides assistance the Slickline Assistants in some aspects of rigging up and down of equipment.·
  • Operates Slickline unit performing down-hole work until job is completed for day.
  • Checks all equipment to make sure it is secured and put away.
  • Completes all field tickets and forward to appropriate processing office in a timely manner. Calls costs in daily.
  • Acquires an acute knowledge of the current price book.
  • Ability to trouble shoot down hole problems.
  • Able to make gauge runs, inspect safety valves, run down-hole pressures and cut paraffin.
  • Ability to complete gas-lift jobs.
  • Ability to rig up 3/16 unit and grease seal unit with a supervisor.
  • Performs simple fishing jobs.
  • Ability to work a “24 hour on call” schedule.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all required training is current at all times.
  • Responsible for attending all safety related meetings and follow all safety regulations and guidelines as defined by Cardinal or its customers.
  • Maintains a safe work area or job site by following Cardinal’s Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (QHSE) and Standard Operating (SOP’s) procedures manuals.

Level II- all of the above along with the following:

  • Ability to understand and trouble-shoot problem wells and set pack-offs.
  • Rig up 3/16 cable, swab, and run alloy lines, without a supervisor.
  • Knowledge of fishing operations.

Senior Level- all of the above along with the following:

  • Able to supervise any Slickline operation.
  • Gaining the expertise to move into a supervisor position.  

Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervises employees directly or through subordinate supervisors, while performing Slickline work.


  •  High School diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Level I– Minimum of two to five years Slickline experience preferred and completed T-2 Training.
  • Level II- Minimum of five to eight years Slickline experience preferred.
  • Senior Level- Minimum of eight to ten years Slickline experience preferred.


  • Current practices, equipment, materials, and supplies used in the Slickline services business.
  • Good verbal and written communication and troubleshooting skills.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Accurately complete/maintain necessary reports/records in a timely and legible manner, in accordance with applicable procedures and/or work order.
  • Deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events.

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