Oil rigs are tough and physically demanding jobs so the people working them must be tough as well. One of the entry level positions on an oil rig is a roughneck. Roughnecks are low-ranking members of a drilling team. They are generally unskilled or semi-skilled and perform a variety of duties that involve hard physical labor. They mainly work under the supervision of the Driller and may include anything from connecting the pipe down the well bore to welding to stowing away tools and equipment. Roughnecks can even be subdivided into smaller groups such as toolpusher, driller, motorman, floorhand, and derrickman. At one point, back in the early 20th century, oil rigs wee steam-powered. The specialized roughneck that worked on boilers, keeping them maintained and operational, was known as a boilerman.
The hours for a roughneck can be long and hard and they must work even under hazardous weather conditions. The hours for an onshore rig are eight hour days five days a week. Offshore rigs have longer hours, with roughnecks working shifts of twelve hour on followed by twelve hour off for several weeks straight. An entire time spent on an oil rig is known as a tour and when the roughnecks finish their tour, they are flown back to the mainland, usually by helicopter.
The position of a roughneck is a promotion from a roustabout. While roustabouts are responsible for cleaning and moving supplies from boats to storage areas, roughneck job duties are more closely tied with the actual drilling. Roughnecks learn to work as part of a team and when on an oil rig, the living conditions can be cramped. Not only must you be able to work with someone, you must be able to share living space with them as well.
A person will work as a roughneck for a period of time until they have learned enough about drilling and specific skills. Afterwards they can be promoted to a higher paid (and less physically demanding) job. A roughneck earns approximately $300 to $350 a day working on an oil rig. That is an average annual salary of between $40,000 to $47,000 a year. This includes benefits such as medical insurance, paid meals and boarding, and airfare to and from work.
Australian Oil Gas Corporation
There are many different corporations and businesses that are part of the oil and gasoline industry. We take for granted how fuel gets to our service stations and homes. It's a massive operation that begins with finding the oil. The Australian Oil and Gas Corporation is one company...