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Details for Roustabouts, Oil and Gas


Assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. Perform other tasks as needed.


  • Clean up spilled oil by bailing it into barrels.
  • Unscrew or tighten pipes, casing, tubing, and pump rods, using hand and power wrenches and tongs.
  • Bolt together pump and engine parts.
  • Walk flow lines to locate leaks, using electronic detectors and making visual inspections.
  • Move pipes to and from trucks, using truck winches and motorized lifts, or by hand.
  • Dismantle and repair oil field machinery, boilers, and steam engine parts, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Dig drainage ditches around wells and storage tanks.
  • Keep pipe deck and main deck areas clean and tidy.
  • Guide cranes to move loads about decks.
  • Supply equipment to rig floors as requested, and provide assistance to roughnecks.
  • Dig holes, set forms, and mix and pour concrete into forms to make foundations for wood or steel derricks.
  • Cut down and remove trees and brush to clear drill sites, to reduce fire hazards, and to make way for roads to sites.
  • Bolt or nail together wood or steel framework to erect derricks.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
  • Experience - Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.


  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


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  • Rail Car Repairers
  • Roof Bolters, Mining
  • Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
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