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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

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:

  • Have access to reliable transportation.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a valid driver’s license or no barriers to receiving a license while enrolled.
  • Pass a pre-employment drug test.


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.

Students who complete a program in the Transportation training area can earn nationally recognized credentials and/or state licensure. Credentials such as these show that students have the skills and knowledge to work in transportation, logistics, and customer service.

Roustabout Operator Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


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

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