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Job Description

Roustabouts keeps the drilling area in working order and safe for employees, they are usually based on a drilling rig or platform for two to three weeks followed by two to three weeks rest period onshore.  Duties include cleaning, scraping and painting the drilling deck and equipment, moving supplies and equipment to the work site, using lifting equipment to load and stack equipment, assisting with the mixing of chemicals.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements, but experience in construction or engineering could help you get a job.

You must be over 18. You'll need an Offshore Medical Certificate and emergency safety training.

You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.

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Career Path and Progression

Your employer will put you through safety training. With experience, you could become a crane operator, or a roughneck, who helps with drilling operations.

With further training, you could progress to be a derrickman, assistant driller or driller.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Diver
  • Fishing boat deckhand
  • Offshore drilling worker

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good practical skills
  • Awareness of health and safety procedures
  • The ability to live and work as part of a team
  • Good leadership skills
  • Physical fitness

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £30,000

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