What does roustabouts do?

Hi there… Just felt like writing something today.

I’ll share some information about the Roustabout job.

When someone start to work on a rig, whether it’s a platform or a drilling ship, they most likely start as roustabouts.

The roustabout is the guy who make sure everything is on its right place and that stuff are clean and working.

Like all others, he’ll work for 12-14 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The roustabout is the guy who cleans the dirty machinery and move it to where it needs to go.

He’ll also help the Roughnecks if they are short on time or missing a launch break.

For example, if the roughnecks are behind schedule, then they’ll call for a Roustabout, who will substitute, while one guy will go and have his meal. Then the roughnecks will take shifts so everyone gets to eat.

This is also a kind of training for the roustabout, and when he’s ready, he’ll move up the ladder and be promoted to roughneck.

But, until that happens, these are some of his duties:

  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • Mixing the Drilling Mud
  • Hauling and Moving Supplies
  • Moving Heavy Machinery and Equipment

It is primarily hard manual labor, but the pay is quite good. $47.000…

That’s it… see you next time.

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  1. I am very keen to start in the oil rig buisness,but i’m strggling to find out where to start and do some training before applying to become a roustabout.I’m a south African and need visas to go and do any training.Who can contact to start?

  2. I am very interested in this job. I have construction expereance for the last 25yrs. Please contact me concerning this job Thank you.

  3. Please contact me about the roustabout position im trying to find a great job for my family I know this requires traveling and gone for long periods of time but im used to it an my family is to
    Thanks Again

  4. hi
    I am looking to work as roustabout and do know which company to apply

  5. A good paying job that supports your family’s needs. My 10 & 11 yr.old want to go to college; I believe that is a need. Through Rig Employment this sounds like reality instead of the dream of a higher education. At 46 And A painterW/journeyman exp. is there an oppertunity for me to be employed offshore? Is there a place for me on the offshore rigs?

  6. Mi nombre es Carlos Suarez, soy soldador (Welder) certificado en 3G y 6G tengo 25 anos de experiencia y estoy disponible para trabajar donde sea, muchisimas gracias.
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  7. Mi nombre es Carlos Suarez, soy soldador certificado(welder) en 3G y 6G, tengo 25 años de experiencia y estoy disponible para trabajar donde me manden las horas que sean y los dias que sean, soy cubano y estudie soldadura en Erfurt germany, espero respuesta, muchisimas gracias….

  8. Hi I am a South African male and my name is Tyron Pietersen and looking for a Roustabout position not just for the money but for the adventure. I have oil refinery and sardine trawling exp. so I hope it is a clere indication of my interests. I have no offshore oil rig exp. so where do I go from here to get the training and exp. I need to qualify for the job?

  9. I have an offer to work as a roustabout 12 hours a day 6 days a week making $110 a day. For $9 an hour, I have put it on the back burner. It sounds like interesting work to me – believe it or not, but I just can’t see myself breaking my back for $9 /hr for 12 hours a day – not unless I could get promoted quickly…

    Thanks for the Article Kenneth.

    • where is this job?

  10. i want a roustabout job

  11. I am a 28-year-old welder/millwright and have been one for 8 years. This type of work is hit and miss, and with a family of three kids, I need something more stable. My step-dad was previously employed as roughneck in Alaska for 5 1/2 years and suggested that I get on a rig. Any and all help you can give me to get employed would really be apprciated. Thank you so much for your time.

  12. Respected sir,
    My name is sibaprasad pattanaik.iam from bhubaneswar,india.i completed 12th as well as STCW-95, H.U.E.T. Roustabout induction training course.I have 5years experience for Roustabout.i am intersted in offshore filed.i want job in offshore field as roustabout.i am good physical person also hard working person.there is any recruitment for roustabout job.please contact me. I hope kindly co-operate my repuest. Email id- sibaprasad03@rediffmail.com Contact number- +919337464999

    • The forum is a bretighr place thanks to your posts. Thanks!

  13. I am 28 year i would like to know about roustabout , i had small experience in this field

    I want a rig roustbout job

  14. hie my name is jackson from mumbai (india) can u help me with some good company who will help me to work in pls

  15. hii, I am an indian male and my name is shahbaz and looking for a job on rig as a roustabout position not just for the money but for the adventure. I had done my training BOSIET and HUET, please call me if required……….9172825872, 8235180225

  16. Yes i need help on knowing what company to send my resume. And is a roustabout an entry level position. Thank you.

  17. my name is martins,i am a Nigerian and i need ur assistance please.what training do i need to attend b4 i can apply 4 a job as a roustabout.

  18. Respected sir,

    i am looking for rig, i don’t have offshore experience but if you give me a chance then i will proof you that i am much better than the others who are offshore returner.

    Thank you sir and i need your feedback at the earliest

  19. Dear Sir

    I have been looking all over the internet trying to find out information about how to become a roughneck, and everything I’ve done so far hasn’t worked. I am willing to do anything to get the job, I just need some help to do so. Anything will be great, here is my email if you want to get in contact michael.winterson@gmail.com.

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  21. Hi there I am Robert Pretorius I have worked in Africa for almost 8 years and have worked for SASOL which is a Petrochemical company in South Africa. I am a qualified Section 13 Mechanical Fitter and Turner by trade but I have Supervisor experience and have also been a Maintenance and Shutdown Planner at SASOL. I left to see if I can get an opportunity on the Oil Rigs but ended up in Africa working as Maintenance Manager, Planing Manager and Site Manager. I have tried numerous times to enter the Oil Rigs but for some reason it seems impossible. I have returned to SA and are currently working for myself in a Business I have started for my 2 sons. I would however still wanna seek employment in the Oil rigs environment. I honestly don’t care where I start I know that I will also get back into a position such as Maintenance Fitter or Maintenance Planner because I have a lot of experience and I am a hard worker and do go that extra mile to achieve my goals. I just need to know where to apply; what additional courses do I need to have. I am also qualified as a Safety Practitioner so I just need to know what position is the ones I have to apply for as I don’t know the oil Rigs Terminology of a artisan for example. So if someone could please help me in the right direction I would be very thankful. Should anyone wanna give me advice or know of where there is a company looking for employees and help me apply I would appreciate it enormously.

  22. hi am Richard from ghana i need someone to teach me more about roustabout work help me please.

  23. I’m from Houston Texas, I would like to work as a Roustabout. Please contact me if there’s a vacancy.