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Become A Roughneck

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Working As A Roughneck

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $110,180

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Roughneck does

  • Assist as first responders for emergency situations and evacuation procedures.
  • Stayed in compliance with all safety equipment and OSHA regulations.
  • Worked with Connection of tanks and flow lines, using wrenches.
  • Repair and maintain automotive and drilling equipment, using hand tools.
  • Trained new crew members on daily operations and safety standards.
  • Maintain 1600 HP 600 VAC electric mud pumps.
  • Assembled and took apart drilling rods and changed drill bits.
  • Assemble and torque drill string and Bottom Hole Assembly.
  • Maintain drilling equipment on the drill floor.
  • Handled and sorted drill tools; cleaned and maintained the drill rig area.
  • Work entailed heavy equipment 50 - 100 pounds.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on rig and promote workplace safety practices.
  • Assist Derrickman by maintaining proper mud weight during drilling operations.
  • trip pipe, run tongs, and monitor well for flow.
  • Assist in the operation and maintenance of degasser, deciliter, sand separator, shale shakers.
  • Drive fork lift to transport materials and well service equipment.
  • Assist Derrickhand with watching and maintaining mud pits and pumps.
  • Conduct pre-job and post tour safety meetings.
  • Work with crew and directional team to build the BHA.
  • Make and break drill pipe connections using power tongs.

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Roughneck Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Derrickman 3.7 years
Roughneck 3.0 years
Motorman 2.9 years
Pumper 2.7 years
Floor Hand 2.0 years
Rig Hand 2.0 years
Hand Chain Maker 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Roustabout 27.4%
Floor Hand 8.2%
Welder 5.4%
Operator 4.9%
Technician 4.0%
Mechanic 3.9%
Motorman 3.6%
Derrickman 3.4%
Driller 3.3%
Supervisor 3.0%
Foreman 2.8%
Carpenter 2.7%
Driver 2.5%
Top Employers After
Driller 10.0%
Operator 6.4%
Derrickman 6.2%
Roustabout 5.6%
Consultant 4.7%
Welder 4.7%
Supervisor 4.5%
Motorman 4.5%
Technician 4.5%
Floor Hand 4.3%
Owner 3.7%
Driver 3.2%

Roughneck Demographics

Gender

Male

94.6%

Female

4.1%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

81.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.5%

French

13.0%

Portuguese

4.3%

Indonesian

4.3%

Hawaiian

4.3%

Turkish

4.3%

Cherokee

4.3%

Dakota

4.3%

Croatian

4.3%
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Roughneck Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

8.3%

Jones County Junior College

7.5%

Delgado Community College

5.8%

Pearl River Community College

5.8%

University of Oklahoma

5.8%

Southwest Mississippi Community College

5.0%

Tyler Junior College

5.0%

Texas Tech University

5.0%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.0%

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

5.0%

University of Southern Mississippi

5.0%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.2%

Northeastern State University

4.2%

Blinn College

4.2%

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

4.2%

Southern University and A & M College

4.2%

Mississippi State University

4.2%

Meridian Community College

4.2%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.2%

Howard Payne University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

14.7%

General Studies

9.7%

Precision Metal Working

9.1%

Petroleum Engineering

8.2%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

Automotive Technology

5.6%

Education

5.6%

Management

5.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.7%

Engineering

3.8%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Accounting

3.1%

Computer Science

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.8%

Psychology

2.5%

Finance

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Industrial Technology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

50.0%

Bachelors

24.5%

Associate

11.3%

Certificate

8.0%

Masters

2.7%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Roughneck

FlowLinesAssistDerrickhandSafetyEquipmentMudPumpsDrillFloorDrillBitsGeneralMaintenanceHandToolsTripPipeServiceEquipmentTopDriveDrillToolsShaleShakersHeavyEquipmentPreventativeMaintenanceMudWeightBHAMudPitsNewCrewMembersSafetyMeetings

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Top Roughneck Skills

  1. Flow Lines
  2. Assist Derrickhand
  3. Safety Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Walk flow lines to locate leaks, using electronic detectors and by making visual inspections, and repair the leaks.
  • Assist Derrickhand with equipment maintenance and repairs while maintaining and inspecting systems with general upkeep.
  • Examine all safety equipment on the rig floor prior to use, ensuring they are in safe operating condition.
  • Position duties include assisting the driller during drilling operations, working on mud pumps, and changing out swabs etc.
  • Serviced oil and gas wells and maintained drilling equipment on the drill floor.

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