Jobs On Oil Rigs
There are various entry-level jobs in the oil industry and one of the dirtiest jobs, which are much needed, are given the name of Roughneck and Roustabout jobs. Lease hand and floor hand is also used to explain these jobs and some view them as separate jobs while others view them as interchangeable. These jobs are considered to be unskilled or semi skilled laborer jobs. However, this does not take away from the importance these jobs and the people who work in them are to the drilling crew.
Roughnecks and Roustabout workers can be engaged as part of the drilling crew from the beginning or they can be brought in as temporary workers as the need arises. In either case they work long grueling hours in any kind of weather, from working in the hot beating sun or the extremely cold weather of Alaska. It does not matter if there are high gusty winds, rain or sleet they work in all kinds of temperatures. Roughnecks and roustabouts are responsible for keeping the equipment clean, painting and removing rust from machinery and they are responsible for maintenance so that the equipment remains in good working order. Roughnecks and Roustabouts work long 12-hour shifts. Often time there are two of them assigned to each crew. Also, there are three or four crews usually working on each oil rig so that would make about six to eight roughnecks and roustabouts working at any given time on an oil rig.
The work of a roughneck or roustabout in any given day would include: assembling and repairing oil field equipment, scraping rust, painting, and moving equipment around the site. Roughnecks and roustabouts are responsible for the rigs and sling loads that need to be moved by crane. Roughnecks and roustabouts will also make sure that the deck is clean and safe from any hazards, which may jeopardize the safety of the crew. Roughnecks and roustabouts will also get the opportunity to use different kinds of equipment intended for digging ditches, posting holes, pouring concrete for slaps, securing posts and putting together derricks and connecting sections of pipes needed for the well.
Some companies will divide the labor between the two jobs having the roughneck specifically involved with threading the drill bits and connecting steel tubing while the roundabouts would be responsible for all the other jobs.
Promotions are available for these workers who are hardworking, take instructions well, and demonstrate that they are interested in the field. Roughnecks and roustabouts starting salaries can range anywhere from $33, 000 to 40,000 plus.
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