The Roustabout role is to keep the drilling area tidy and in good working order. Usually based on a drilling rig or platform for two or three weeks at a time, followed by two of three weeks rest period onshore. Work is undertaken on a shift basis day and night, usually working 12 hours at a time.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Cleans, scrapes and paints the drilling deck and equipment
  • Off loads supplies and moves them to storage areas
  • Moves supplies and equipment to the work site
  • Uses lifting equipment to load and stack equipment
  • Helps to maintain and repair drilling equipment
  • Assists with the mixing of chemicals for drilling operations
  • Provides general support as required to the Toolpusher and drilling crew
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times
  • Provides support as part of the drilling emergency response team

In the industry

Working as part of a drilling team on offshore facilities.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Problem solving
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)

Employers might also look for:

  • Banksman Slinging course Experience in manual labour e.g. construction, engineering or fishing industry