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Offshore Roustabout Careers

Offshore Roustabout Careers

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Work Environment:

Offshore roughnecks and roustabouts work on offshore-facilities, like drilling platforms, and oil and gas rigs.

Being an offshore roustabout, you'd perform basic laboring duties to assist maintain drilling section in working-order. You'd work with a head roustabout. Your work would involve:

  • mixing up drilling-mud to grease drill
  • shifting equipment and supplies to workplace
  • assisting to repair and fix pumping machinery

  • cleaning, scratching and painting work areas, deck and equipment
  • utilizing winches and lifting devices to stack and load equipment
  • unloading supplies by boats and transferring to storage places

Offshore-roughneck is advancement from offshore roustabout post. Being an offshore roughneck, you'd perform skilled tasks as component of drilling operation, like:

  • extracting and inserting drill
  • utilizing winches, lifting gear and ropes
  • inserting new lengths of drill-pipe, since drill goes deeper in rock
  • repairing, maintaining and cleaning drilling machinery

Qualification, Education and Experience:

To be an offshore roustabout, you don't need any qualifications. Though, it's common to get into this profession by a scheme of Traineeship. Companies often want trainees to hold 4 GCSE grades (A to C) with Mathematics, English and another related subject like design and technology, or science.

Check the websites of Upstream Oil and Gas Technician Training, Cogent, and ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry-Training Board), for further details regarding Traineeships.

You'll discover it helpful to hold work experience into engineering, shipbuilding or construction, if you're not getting into this field by a Traineeship. A forklift-truck license can be useful.

Your age should be eighteen or above for offshore work. You might need to get through with medical checkup as component of recruitment procedure.

Training Details:

You should accomplish an offshore-survival and fire fighting course (recognized as emergency-response training), or BOSIET (Basic offshore-induction and emergency training).

Few companies might give BOSIET-training, although it's common to obtain it before getting job offshore. For information about acknowledged training providers, see the website of OPITO.

Once you begin working, you'll get training onshore (recognized as green-hand training), including:

  • banks-man slinging (utilizing hoisting machinery)
  • operating at height
  • manual-handling
  • working securely
  • helideck and helicopter safety
  • dealing with dangerous materials

You'd obtain additional short training courses related to specific work, like operating cranes and rigging. You can get vocational qualifications given as below:

  • Second Level SVQ into Offshore Deck-Operations
  • First Level SVQ into Drilling Operations
By experience you could advance to driller and derrick man, and acquire Second and Third Level SVQ into Offshore Drilling-Operations. For further details regarding qualifications in oil and gas field, contact Cogent.

Skills and knowledge:

  • physically fit
  • readiness to work and stay away from house
  • an understanding of health and safety measures
  • excellent leadership abilities
  • outstanding practical abilities
  • capability to comprehend instructions
  • capability to work and stay as part of group

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations for offshore roustabouts can be about $19,000 to ; $21,000 for a year.
  • Offshore roughnecks can get about $26,000 annually.

Working Conditions:

You'd work and stay on platform/rig for 2 to 3 weeks, and after that 2 to 3 weeks rest-period onshore. You'd work for around twelve hours daily, on shift scheme.

You can work in fixed production-platform or on small mobile-rig. Facilities could comprise recreation areas, living-accommodation and canteens. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.

This work could be physically challenging, operating at heights and in all kinds of climate conditions. You'd have to put on protective outfits, such as thermal-boiler suit, harness and ear protectors.

Different Opportunities:

Numerous companies work all through the world thus you can work abroad.

You can discover work chances in drilling and maintenance firms, or operating firms with their production and exploration licenses. Openings might be publicized by press, recruitment organizations and websites of companies.

You'd begin as an offshore roustabout and advance to offshore roughneck, generally after about 6 months. By experience and additional training you could advance to driller and derrick man.


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