The Cementer supports the process of preparing a well for further drilling, production or abandonment. Cementing a well is the procedure of developing and pumping cement into place in a wellbore. Usually based on a drilling rig or platform for two or three weeks at a time, followed by two of three weeks rest period onshore. Work is undertaken on a shift basis day and night, usually working 12 hours at a time.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Provides front-line support and accurately completes all paperwork prior to or upon completion of job
  • Responsible for the preparation of the slurry for pumping in to the wellbore and performing cementing calculations
  • Ensures the operation of equipment is in accordance with the company's safety and operating procedures and offshore cementing standards
  • Ensures that equipment pressure testing is carried out in a routine manner
  • Handles special projects as assigned.
  • Ensures that the Health and Safety of co-workers, or any other person who may be affected by the activities is the primary consideration before planning and executing any operational task.
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times
  • Provides support as part of the drilling emergency response team

In the industry

Works closely with drilling engineering and completions teams, to drill for oil and gas in new or existing fields. Cementers can be employed onshore or offshore, and are typically hired by specialist drilling and well services companies that provide contracted services to the operating companies. The role of Cementer is critical to the smooth operation of wellbores to allow the maximisation of production and well operations offshore and on land installations.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Maths and English at GCSE or equivalent HNC or equivalent in engineering related subject
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)

Employers might also look for:

  • Commercial Operators Licence Oilfield equipment operating experience
  • General knowledge of drilling and completion techniques and drilling/ work over rig operations