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Roustabouts, Oil & Gas

Also called: Floor Hand, Roustabout, Roustabout Hand, Roustabout Pusher

What they do:
Assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. Perform other tasks as needed.
On the job, you would:
  • Keep pipe deck and main deck areas clean and tidy.
  • Unscrew or tighten pipes, casing, tubing, and pump rods, using hand and power wrenches and tongs.
  • Walk flow lines to locate leaks, using electronic detectors and by making visual inspections, and repair the leaks.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Maintenance software
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software
Project management software
  • Maintenance record software


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
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