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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

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Roughneck does

  • Worked in extreme weather conditions.
  • Assist as first responders for emergency situations and evacuation procedures.
  • Inspected safety equipment, drilling pipes, and casings.
  • Worked with Connection of tanks and flow lines, using wrenches.
  • Assembled and took apart drilling rods and changed drill bits.
  • Worked with many hand tools and power tools.
  • Earned multiple certifications including AHA First Aid AED/CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Response.
  • Help obtain drilling core samples.
  • Make connections on rig floor work on mud pumps and mix chemicals.
  • Assist other crew members as needed.
  • Have to wear proper PPE at all times.
  • Operate special service equipment such as casing and tubing equipment.
  • Follow proper OSHA standards and proper safety procedures.
  • Trip pipe in and out of well.
  • relieve Derrickhand on shale shaker duty and derrick if required.
  • Worked a 14 on 14 off schedule of 12 hour shifts.
  • Maintain correct drill string count during tripping operations.
  • Assist Crane with lifts from deck to skate on drill floor.
  • Worked as a rough neck for a water well drilling company, preforming all duties required during drilling process.
  • Handled and assorted drill tools.

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Average Length of Employment
Derrickman 3.9 years
Derrick Hand 3.2 years
Oil Rig Roughneck 2.7 years
Floor Hand 2.1 years
Rig Hand 2.1 years
Roustabout 2.0 years
Roughneck 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Roughneck
Roustabout 27.4%
Floor Hand 7.9%
Welder 5.9%
Operator 5.6%
Technician 5.0%
Mechanic 3.8%
Driller 3.8%
Derrickman 3.6%
Foreman 3.0%
Carpenter 2.7%
Driver 2.6%
Cashier 2.6%
Top Careers After Roughneck
Driller 12.1%
Derrickman 8.5%
Roustabout 6.9%
Operator 6.7%
Welder 4.7%
Technician 4.6%
Floor Hand 4.4%
Driver 4.4%
Owner 4.0%
Supervisor 3.6%
Consultant 3.4%

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Top Skills for A Roughneck

  1. Flow Lines
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Mud Pumps
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.
  • Learned about rig safety procedures and participated in safety training and meetings.
  • Position duties include assisting the driller during drilling operations, working on mud pumps, and changing out swabs etc.
  • Locate and recover lost or broken bits, casings, and drill pipes from wells, using special tools.
  • Maintain drilling equipment on the drill floor, sort and move drill tools, pipe, cement and other materials.

Roughneck Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,351 Roughneck resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Roughneck Demographics

Gender

Male

90.0%

Unknown

6.2%

Female

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

15.1%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.8%

French

11.8%

Indonesian

5.9%

Turkish

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Dakota

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%
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Roughneck Education

Schools

Jones County Junior College

9.0%

Texas A&M University

7.7%

Pearl River Community College

7.1%

University of Oklahoma

7.1%

The Academy

6.5%

Tyler Junior College

5.2%

Southwest Mississippi Community College

5.2%

Odessa College

4.5%

Texas Tech University

4.5%

Delgado Community College

4.5%

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

4.5%

Mississippi State University

4.5%

Meridian Community College

3.9%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.9%

McNeese State University

3.9%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.9%

A-Technical College

3.9%

Lee College

3.9%

Blinn College

3.2%

Houston Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

13.1%

General Studies

12.4%

Precision Metal Working

8.1%

Petroleum Engineering

8.1%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

Automotive Technology

6.2%

Education

5.0%

Mechanical Engineering

5.0%

Management

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Accounting

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.1%

Psychology

2.9%

Engineering

2.9%

Computer Science

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

49.3%

Bachelors

22.7%

Associate

12.3%

Certificate

7.1%

Masters

4.2%

Diploma

3.1%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.7%
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