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Offshore roughneck

Offshore roughnecks are skilled labourers on an oil or gas rig.
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What does an offshore roughneck do?

Offshore roughnecks are skilled labourers on an oil or gas rig. Your duties could include:

  • adding fresh lengths of drill pipe as the drill moves deeper into rock
  • inserting and extracting the whole drill
  • cleaning, maintaining and repairing the drilling equipment
The job can be physically demanding, working in all types of weather conditions and at heights, so physical fitness is very important.

What do I need to do to become an offshore roughneck?

You do not need any specific qualifications to become an offshore roughneck, though many people enter this career as an apprentice. You may also work as an offshore roustabout and get promoted to the role.

To work offshore, you must pass an offshore survival and firefighting course, also known as emergency response training, or basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET). You must be over 18 years old to work offshore.


Related skills

  • Physical fitness

Essential qualifications

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Offshore survival training

Desirable qualifications

  • Apprenticeship

Where could I be working?

You will be working outdoors in all types of weather conditions, usually as part of a large company.

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