Profession roustabout

Roustabouts maintain and repair oil field equipment and machinery using hand and power tools. They do general labor, such as cleaning, digging trenches, scraping and painting rig components.

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Personality Type


  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.


  • Maintain oil field machinery

    Disassemble, repair or replace oil field equipment such as steam engine components or boilers; use power tools and hand tools.

  • Clean up spilled oil

    Safely clean up and dispose of spilled oil.

  • Bolt engine parts

    Securely bolt together engine components manually or using power tools.

  • Adjust tightness of engine parts

    Tighten or unscrew engine parts using hand and power tools; maintenance of tubing, casing and connecting rods.

  • Connect oil well heads

    Prepare oil wellheads for connection to oil stock tanks.

  • Inspect pipelines

    Walk flow lines to identify damage or leaks; use electronic detection equipment and conduct visual inspections.

  • Transport pipes

    Transport pipes manually or by operating equipment such as mechanical lifts and truck winches.

  • Work in drilling teams

    Ability to work confidently within a drilling team on a drilling rig or oil platform with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.

  • Clear drill sites

    Clear drill site e.g. by cutting down surrounding trees; make way for new roads to drill site.

  • Perform drainage work

    Dig draining ditches and lay the pipe or gutter installation to allow evacuation of surplus liquid and avoid subsidence or other damage.

  • Make foundations for derricks

    Construct foundations and assemble wooden or steel framework in order to erect a derrick.

  • Supply rigging equipment

    Supply equipment to rig floors as requested, and provide assistance to roughnecks.

  • Deal with pressure from unexpected circumstances

    Strive to achieve objectives despite the pressures arising from unexpected factors outside of your control.

  • Guide cranes

    Guide a crane operator in operating the crane. Stay in contact with the operator visually, vocally, or using communication equipment to make sure the crane operation is completed in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Maintain pipe deck

    Ensure cleanliness of main deck areas and pipe deck.

Optional knowledge and skills


Source: Sisyphus ODB