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Roustabout Operator



Primarily responsible for supporting oilfield operations. This is a diverse position with a variety of job duties.

Career Details


Students in Roustabout Operator are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Clean up spilled oil by bailing it into barrels.
  • Unscrew or tighten pipes, casing, tubing, and pump rods, using hand and power wrenches and tongs.
  • Bolt together pump and engine parts.
  • Walk flow lines to locate leaks, using electronic detectors and making visual inspections.
  • Move pipes to and from trucks, using truck winches and motorized lifts, or by hand.
  • Dismantle and repair oil field machinery, boilers, and steam engine parts, using hand tools and power tools.

Career Options

Career Options

This is a very diverse career pathway that can lead in many different directions. Some of the careers graduates have gone on to are:

  • Casing Crew Pusher
  • Cathead Operator
  • Connection Worker
  • Derrick Hand
  • Derrick Worker
  • Drill Rig Operator
  • Drill Rig Operator Helper
  • Dumper-Bailer Operator
  • Floor Hand
  • Galley Hand


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking
  • Dependability
  • Monitoring skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Steady hands and fingers

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National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


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