Electrician Nabors Industries Nabors Industries 1,206 reviews


Company Overview
Nabors Industries owns and operates one of the world's largest land-based drilling rig fleet and is a provider of offshore drilling rigs in the United States and multiple international markets. Nabors also provides directional drilling services, performance tools, and innovative technologies for its own rig fleet and those of third parties. Leveraging our advanced drilling automation capabilities, Nabors’ highly skilled workforce continues to set new standards for operational excellence and transform our industry.

Nabors is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibiting discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. To learn more about our Fair Employment practices, please refer to the Nabors Code of Conduct.

The Electrician is responsible for ensuring that the regular preventative maintenance activities involving the electrical components for the main engines, air compressors, portable water system, drill water manifold and pumps, bilge manifold and bilge system, fire pumps and cold start air compressors as well as the generators, motors, air conditioners, coolers, freezers, and other similar mechanical equipment occurs in a timely manner so as to prevent downtime and ensure the efficient and continual functioning of the electrical and electrical components of the mechanical equipment on board the rig. He/she also performs other tasks involving the electrical systems such as rewiring electrical lights, changing light bulbs, etc. The Electrician must perform this job in a safe and efficient manner. He/she works under the supervision of the Toolpusher.

The Electrician works as a member of the engineering team. This team, consisting of the Mechanic, Electrician, Motorman (where appropriate), and Welder, work under the supervision and direction of the Toolpusher. As such, it is imperative that each member of the team be a self starter and willing to assist the other worker in the performance of the job when requested to do so.

It is imperative that the Electrician be able to grasp, follow and quickly respond to moderately complex instructions. It is just as important that the Electrician be able to give concise and specific instructions and directions to the Crane Operator, Floorhands, Motorman or Roustabouts who may be helping him/her. He/she is responsible for the productivity of the team when they are working on an electrical component to a mechanical problem or a “strictly” electrical problem as well as for the safe operation of the team members and any other support personnel.
The Electrician must be able to relate to and work well with others for extended periods of time while living and working in relatively close confines. The employee must be able to give and receive written and verbal instructions clearly and concisely. He/she must be able to train Roustabout personnel in an efficient manner. The employer must be able to quickly assess a situation, seek appropriate advice/information from others and execute his/her decisions in a clear and concise manner. All employees are instructed to report any unsafe or potentially unsafe situations to their supervisor immediately. The Electrician must be able to effectively deal with these reports in a timely and expedient manner. He/she must know when to go to the Toolpusher prior to implementing the proposed course of action. The Electrician must know when to call in a Mechanic to ensure a quick and cost effective resolution to a mechanical problem that he/she cannot fix without the costly downtime to the rig.
The Electrician generally works a 14 day on/14 day off rotation. A typical workday includes a 12 hour tour. However, the Electrician is on 24 hour call and, as such, may have to work extended work hours of 12 to 16 hours per workday.

The Electrician transfers to the rig via helicopter or water vessel. When transferring via helicopter, he/she may be required to sit up to one hour in a confined space with limited leg room. When transferring via water vessel, the ride may be on rough and turbulent seas for 8 to 10 hours. The Electrician may have to stand and walk on wet/slippery surfaces in all kinds of weather. When preparing to transfer to the rig, the employee may have to walk on the boat deck with waves washing across the deck. The actual transfer to the rig is done with the use of a personal basket or a swing rope, requiring good dynamic balance and hand grip to hold onto the basket or swing rope. The personnel basket may attain a height in excess of 100 feet above the water surface during transfer. For these reasons, the Electrician cannot be afraid of heights. He/she must also have good dynamic balance to allow safe walking, lifting, carrying and climbing. When utilizing the swing rope to transfer to and from the rig, the employee must have good perceptual judgment to properly time the swing to coordinate with the rising and falling of the vessel.

In the daily routine of performing the job duties of the Electrician position, the employee can be expected to periodically independently lift a variety of items including tools, supplies, and equipment weighing 25 to 60 lbs. and carry them approximately 150 feet plus up or down 2-4 flights of stairs. He/she will continually handle small hand tools weighing less than 10 lbs. throughout the day. At times, the Electrician, with the assistance of another worker, may be called upon to lift and carry items weighing 120-150 lbs. (air conditioners, compressor, etc.) for a distance of approximately 30 feet.

All employees are instructed to seek the assistance of another worker or use a mechanical assistive device to assist him/her anytime the employee feels the object to be handled is too large either in size or weight to be safely handled independently.

The Electrician may be required to push/pull on wiring, equipment, tools, and ropes with up to 100 lbs. of force. Force is generated for up to 2-4 seconds. He/she may repeat this task 20 times in succession.

The Electrician will have to get in and out of many different positions throughout the workday including bending, squatting, crawling, as well as working on his/her back or stomach when attempting to repair the electrical component of various mechanical devices. He/she must have good knowledge and experience with problem solving and repairing various electrical components as well as a general understanding of various types of diesel engines located on or routinely used on the rig. The Electrician is also responsible for the simple repair and general maintenance of the following areas of the rig:

1. Deck Equipment
a. Leg depth indicator
b. A.C. motors that drive;
1. Elevator motor units (jacking)
2. Skidder gear unit (longitude and transverse)
3. Raw water tour gear unit
4. Raw water pump
c. Electric cranes and controls

2. Drilling Equipment
a. Electrical brake
b. Drilling equipment control console
c. Mud pump control console
d. A.C. motors that drive:
1. Drawworks clutch and brake cooling pump
2. Crane
3. Drawworks drive blower
4. Rotary table drive blower
5. Rig floor hydraulic power unit
6. Bulk air compressor
7. Mud mixer
8. Hopper pump
9. Shale shaker
10. Degasser pump
11. Accumulator unit
12. Desander pump
13. D.C. motors that drive:
a. Drawworks
b. Rotary table
c. Top Drive

3. Engine Room
a. A.C. motors that drive:
1. Saltwater pump system
2. Non portable water pump system
3. Oil pump system
4. Air compressor system
5. Vent exhaust and supply fans
b. Bus, control circuits and individual feeders
c. Switchboard
d. A.D. generators
e. Motor generator set
f. SCR system
g. Tachometer generator
h. Engine alarm system
i. Battery charger
j. Ventilation system

4. Living Quarters
a. Marine range
b. Fry range
c. Griddle
d. Marine oven
e. Galley resistance heating equipment
f. Washed extractor
g. Drink and ice machine
h. Ice cream maker
i. Dishwashing machine
j. Water heater
k. Heater and reheater
l. Dryer
m. HVAC system

5. General Lighting
a. Derrick lighting
b. Navigation and running lights
c. Helicopter pad
d. House
e. Deck
f. Search light

This is not meant to be a complete list of the types of structures, motors, machines, and equipment that the Electrician works on daily. It is placed here purely to give the applicant a general idea of the scope of the position.

The Electrician also must be physically present when the rig is taking on fuel and water so as to ensure a safe transfer. Often times when this is completed, the employee will have to ride the personnel basket to the vessel to sign for the fuel.



1. Two years experience with equipment similar to that used on the rig being assigned to, with a minimum of 12 months experience with SCR drive systems, if the rig is so equipped, is preferred.

2. Experience with USCG regulations on the electrical systems and wiring requirements if the assigned rig is a MODU classed unit.


Primary Location: United States Of America-Louisiana-New Iberia-(Nabors Domestic Offshore) Gulf Of Mexico – Offshore

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