ROUGHNECK / ROUSTABOUT AND LEASE-HAND JOB THE BEGINNINGS UP FOR THE TASKS? WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE MIGHT BECOME.

April 9, 2016

Roughneck and Roustabout, in particular, they are the official name of semi-skilled role on an oil rig. Some consider the terms interchangeable. In oilfields, roughneck and roustabout are two of several roles in the hierarchy on an oil rig.

Roughneck and roustabout are entry-level jobs on an oil rig. It may sound somewhat derogatory but, the roughneck/roustabout usually performs semiskilled and unskilled manual labor that requires continual hard work in difficult conditions for many hours. A roughneck's duties could include anything involved with the connecting and "tripping" of drill pipe or rods down the well bore, and the roughneck is the person when it comes to general work around the rig. No matter how you look at them, this position is an important part of any rig's operation. They could be on the worksite as part of the crew or brought in as temps to fill short-term needs.

It is the responsibility of this role to become rig specific and be familiar with the day to day operations required on board the rig or platform.

Roughnecks/roustabouts/lease-hands are employed by drilling and well servicing contractors and by petroleum producing companies.

While those managing the operation may not express it often enough, they appreciate that roughnecks take care of a lot of cleaning, maintenance, painting, rust removal, and all kinds of other 'peripheral' tasks. With these things out of the way others on the crew can worry about getting the oil out of the ground efficiently and safely.

Remember, there are usually 3 or 4 crews per oil rig, all working eight or 12 hour shifts. There might be 3-4 roughnecks or roustabouts assigned to each of the crews. In a given day here's what a roughneck or roustabout might do:

Job Duties:

* Assemble and repair oil field machinery and equipment

* use various types of equipment to dig ditches, post holes, pour concrete for slaps or securing posts, put together derricks

* keep the deck clean and clear of safety hazards

* handle, sort and move drill tools, pipe, cement and other materials

* moving equipment around the rig

* scrape rust

* paint

* connect sections of drill pipe or rods for the well

* rig and sling loads being moved by the rig's crane, and

* The roughneck may drive truck to transport materials and well service equipment

* ... other duties as assigned!

Roughneck jobs are the grunts that will do a lot of the dirty work. Regardless of what term is used the people in these jobs must be team players who are energetic and conscientious. This particular job requires a great deal of co-ordination between your team. Additionally, hard physical effort is also required. The position is ideal for those with experience and knowledge with i.e mechanics, machinists, electricians and welders.

The Rewards:

Roughnecks who desire to move up to genuine crew positions will have ample opportunity. The key is to demonstrate an incredible work ethic, follow instructions, and learn as much as possible about how the rig operates. After roughnecks/roustabouts understand how the rig operates and demonstrates their work ethic, they may be promoted to other positions in the crew.

Once an individual starts his journey towards the management positions wages take significant leaps and employer benefit options become part of the encouraging package. Many of these employees have opportunity to travel the world using their skills and become important assets to a company’s growth in a highly competitive environment.

Most often enough these Roustabouts or Roughnecks are the seed of the next great CEO or Chairman of the Companies they serve. Usually those who have climbed the ladder taking on every task in the climbing positions they hold understand the inner and outer workings of the operations. We now look at an individual who becomes well experienced as great analysts and decision makers within the company. The industry fine tunes these hard working employees to meet the job descriptions they will encounter.

With respect to these individuals a lot of hard work and studying becomes part of their everyday life. Employees selected for these positions need to prove that they have the ability to obtain the knowledge, work ethic and management behavior technics. They become team leaders by counselling and directing their crews in a safe and productive environment to get the job done.