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Offshore roustabout

Offshore roustabouts keep the drilling area of an oil or gas rig in good working order.
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What does an offshore roustabout do?

Offshore roustabouts do basic labouring tasks to keep the drilling area of an oil or gas rig in good working order. You could be offloading supplies, using lifting gear and winches to stack equipment, or repairing pumping 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 roustabout?

You do not need any specific qualifications to become an offshore roustabout, though many people enter this career as an apprentice.

You do not need formal qualifications to work as a roustabout but previous experience in areas such as shipbuilding, construction or engineering will be helpful. Vocational courses in construction or engineering provide some useful skills and experience for this work. Another common way to join this industry is through an apprenticeship scheme. Employers often prefer apprentices to have four GCSEs (A*-C) including English, maths and science, or design and technology. 

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 of age to work offshore.

You do not need formal qualifications to work as a roustabout, but previous experience in areas such as shipbuilding, construction or engineering are helpful.


Related skills

  • Discipline
  • Leadership
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Organisation
  • Physical fitness
  • Teamwork
  • Technical ability

Related subjects

  • Design technology
  • Physical education

Essential qualifications

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Offshore survival training

Desirable qualifications

  • Apprenticeship

Where could I be working?

You will be working outdoors, usually as part of a large company.

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