What do Roustabouts, Oil and Gas do?

Assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. Perform other tasks as needed.

  • Keep pipe deck and main deck areas clean and tidy.
  • Unscrew or tighten pipes, casing, tubing, and pump rods, using hand and power wrenches and tongs.
  • Walk flow lines to locate leaks, using electronic detectors and by making visual inspections, and repair the leaks.
  • Move pipes to and from trucks, using truck winches and motorized lifts, or by hand.
  • Bolt together pump and engine parts.
  • Guide cranes to move loads about decks.
  • Supply equipment to rig floors as requested, and provide assistance to roughnecks.
  • Dismantle and repair oil field machinery, boilers, and steam engine parts, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Clean up spilled oil by bailing it into barrels.
  • Dig drainage ditches around wells and storage tanks.
  • Bolt or nail together wood or steel framework to erect derricks.
  • Cut down and remove trees and brush to clear drill sites, to reduce fire hazards, and to make way for roads to sites.
  • Dig holes, set forms, and mix and pour concrete into forms to make foundations for wood or steel derricks.

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Necessary Skills

  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Troubleshooting
  • Coordination
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Operation and Control
  • Active Listening

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