Oil rig worker, oil and gas worker
Roustabouts work on oil and gas rigs, maintaining equipment, unloading supplies and helping the drilling team.
Salary range: £18,000 to £30,000
How to become a roustabout
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do an engineering operative intermediate apprenticeship before applying to work on offshore rigs.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You may be able to apply directly for jobs if you’ve got experience and qualifications from engineering, construction or other areas of the oil and gas industry.
You can find more details about working in the energy industry from MyOilandGasCareer.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- complete basic offshore safety training
- be over 18 years of age
- have an offshore medical certificate
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- cleaning and maintaining the deck and equipment
- using lifting gear to unload supplies from boats
- moving supplies and equipment to storage and work areas
- repairing pumping equipment
- preparing the drilling equipment
You could work on a rig.
Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers and at height.
You may need to wear protective clothing and safety clothing and use safety equipment.
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.