How To Get A Job As A Roustabout In The Oilfield
To get a job as a roustabout in the oilfield you
will want to be in good physical shape. Roustabout work is hard, manual labor
for twelve hour shifts with a break every now and then. Depending on what is
going on at the rig, such as offloading a barge load of pipe, you may not have a
regular lunch but have to eat on the run.
Here are some tips on how to get a job as a
roustabout in the oilfield based on my experinces.
What Does A Roustabout Do?
Roustabouts do just about everything on a drilling rig that involves manual
labor that the roughnecks or floor hands do not do.
The job of a roustabout in the oilfield includes stacking and offloading drill
pipe and casing, sandblasting and painting, hauling sacks of drilling mud into
storage areas, washing and rinsing the rig floor and so on.
If manual labor is not your strong suit I don't recommend a roustabout job or
for that matter a career in the oilfield. You should know what you are getting
Many companies, such as Parker Drilling, which operates out of Louisiana and
Texas, hire roustabouts and often have job postings on their websites.
Write a resume, or have someone that is proficient in resume writing write it
for you, and highlight your work experience as it relates to manual labor and
mechanical jobs. Don't over emphasize highly skilled jobs that you have had
since you may be rejected for being over qualified. Indicate that you wish to
learn the oilfield from the bottom up and work your way up the job ladder to
A Good Oilfield Entry Level Job
Roustabout jobs are good entry level jobs to the higher paying jobs of floor
hand and driller.
Most drilling companies are now requiring a high school degree or GED degree.
Drug testing is mandatory at hiring time and at random intervals on offshore
rigs. Expect to be drug tested every couple of months and when there is any kind
of accident on the rig.
When working in the job of a roustabout in the oilfield, expect to be sent
anywhere at any time. You may work a rotational schedule where you work seven or
fourteen days on and the same off. If the rig is shorthanded you may not get an
equal time off, but instead be asked to remain and cover another hitch.
When packing for your new job take plenty of warm clothes. It can get cold
offshore for much of the year. Prepare for hot and cold weather extremes with a
variety of shirts and socks. I have seen it go from nearly 100 degrees to below
freezing on offshore rigs in twenty four hours.
What You'll Need To Work In The Oilfield as A
You'll be provided or reimbursed for steel toe boots and a hardhat. Don't forget
your safety glasses and a spare pair and whatever prescription glasses you wear
and a spare pair of those too.
You might want to pack some personal items like a deck of cards or a few books
for when you are not on duty. Be sure to take any items like cigarettes in ample
amounts if you smoke and prescription medications to last several weeks. There
are no stores on offshore rigs you may have to wait days for someone to bring
you an item from land.
Carry a little spare cash for poker night and
reimbursing fellow employees for items they have that you might need. Bring a
debit card or prepaid credit card for the offshore payphone. Most cell phones do
not work and BEWARE if they do offshore in the Gulf Of Mexico. There are cell
phone towers out there but companies such as Petrocom charge as much as $5.00
Your roaming agreement and "free minutes" do not apply. (See the fine print on
your contract.) Many offshore workers have gotten $2000 bills and there is
nothing you can do about it!
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