A roustabout, oil and gas is a manual labor job for persons interested in working on and around rigs that drill for oil and natural gas. The roustabout works to help clean the tools and heavy equipment used by operators and engineers on rigs. Roustabouts are also expected to help clean up and remove heavy materials, including leftover piping, drill pieces, and unused metal used in building support structures. Finally, the roustabout serves as a general laborer and all-purpose assistant to the skilled workers on the platform or rig.
Typically, a roustabout works to help keep the platform area and drill rig organized and clean. This can include cleaning smaller tools, removing debris from machinery and gauges, and generally keeping work areas organized and safe for all workers. In addition, roustabouts may be required to help assemble or assist in repairs of new rigging sections or platforms. Many oil and gas companies also require their roustabouts to be able to perform routine maintenance and minor repairs.
Being a roustabout in the oil and gas industry doesn't require much formal education. Typically, companies will only require these employees to have a driver's license and to be able to manage the carrying and handling of loads, which can be 100 pounds or more. Typically, a roustabout works in an outdoor environment on an oil or gas rig platform and may be required to do shiftwork during daytime, evening, or overnight hours.
Roustabout, Oil and Gas Tasks
- Ensure safe operation of equipment that adheres to company and government regulations.
- Operate hand and power tools to set up oil rigs, wellheads, lines, pumps and other equipment.
- Monitor, maintain and repair production equipment.