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In the cloud tops at 55 km these are the hardest working most dangerous job.  On paper it looks like they are paid well but no one shoul dhave to live like the?

Likened to Oil Derrick Roughnecks.

They can drop depth charges against the pirates.  They have a love/hate relationship with the Company. 

Faction home base (primary mine) named Cythera.  Cythera is another name for the planet Venus and also refers to an island off the coast of Greece.



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Roustabout/Roughneck Career Details

Roustabouts and roughnecks are based on offshore facilities such as oil or gas rigs or drilling platforms, working as part of a team of up to 20 people. 

Roustabouts undertake labouring tasks that help to maintain the drilling area. These include:

  • cleaning, scraping and painting the deck, equipment and work areas
  • offloading supplies from boats and moving them to storage areas
  • moving supplies and equipment to the work site
  • using lifting gear and winches to load and stack equipment
  • general work in the pump room, for example helping to repair mud pumps
  • mixing and conditioning the lubricants ('drilling mud') for the drill bit.
Most of the work is carried out under the supervision of a lead roustabout.

Roughnecks carry out more skilled duties related to the actual drilling operation:
  • 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
  • using lifting gear, ropes and winches to carry out the above tasks.

Most of the work is carried out under supervision of an assistant driller. See Derrickman/Driller (Oil and Gas) for further details.


Working Environment

Roustabouts and roughnecks work up to 12 hours a day on a 24-hour shift rota. They normally work on a rig or platform for two or three weeks, followed by two or three weeks’ rest period ashore. 

Oil drilling rigs are small, mobile structures; production platforms are larger, accommodating 50 to 100 workers, where facilities include cabins, canteens, recreational facilities and offices. Alcohol and smoking are banned. Working on a rig or platform can be physically demanding, working in all types of weather, often very cold, and at heights.

Roustabouts and roughnecks are likely to wear protective clothing, which includes eye protection, harnesses, hard hats, gloves, ear defenders and thermal boiler suits.

Roustabout/Roughneck Related Skills

To be a roustabout or roughneck you should:
  • have good practical skills
  • be able to live and work as a member of a team
  • be prepared to live and work away from home
  • be assertive and able to follow instructions
  • be aware of health and safety issues
  • be physically fit
  • be willing to learn
  • have basic computer skills for recording information.

Roustabout/Roughneck Career Opportunities

Roustabouts who show ability can become roughnecks after about six months. Further promotion is to derrickman/woman, assistant driller and driller. It is possible to become a driller within about five years.


Oil field roughnecks

In oil fields, a roughneck's duties can include anything involved with connecting pipe down the well bore, as well as general work around a rig. The crew of a land-based oil rig can be further divided into several positions:

  • Toolpusher: The highest position at the drilling location, responsible for every crew. He may stay on location for a few days at a time during crucial operations, whereas individual drilling crews work only eight or 12-hour shifts or "tours" .

  • Driller: The head of an individual crew, responsible for controlling a rig's machinery during drilling, as well as most other rig operations.

  • Derrickhand (derrick-man): Responsible for the drilling mud, the mud pits where drilling fluids are circulated around the system, and the mud pumps, as well as being the hand up in the derrick manipulating stands into and out of the fingers during tripping operations.

  • Motorman (motorhand): Responsible for maintenance of various engines, water pumps, water lines, steam lines, boilers and various other machinery incorporated into the rig. On a four-man drilling crew the motorman is also the chainhand.

  • Boilerman: Though this position is now obsolete, before the mid-20th century, when most rigs were steam-powered, the boilerman was responsible for the boilers. The boilerman also functioned as the laundryman, steam-cleaning the last crew's greasy work clothes in the "blow barrel" and then hanging them up to dry in the warm air near the boilers.

  • Leadhand/Floorhand ("worm"): Usually the lowest member of the drilling crew, those in this position are often nicknamed "worm", because this hand has the dirtiest and most physically demanding position. The floorhand works primarially on the rig floor where he is the one actually operating the tongs, iron roughneck, tugger, catwalk, and pretty much any other job which is asked of him.

  • Chainhand (Floorhand): This position is given to a floorhand that can also throw chain, but today in the oilfields is pretty much just another floorhand that watches out for the worm and doesn't get as filthy.

  • Roustabout (leasehand): On bigger rigs and offshore rigs, a roustabout is someone who does most of the painting and cleaning so roughnecks can take care of other work.

  • Ginsel: The worm's helper. This is also derogatory insult among roughnecks. Also called the fifth hand.