Floorhand, Roughneck & Derrickman Positions

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Floorhand (Roughneck)


What does the work consist of?
The Floorhand is responsible for pipe handling, casing and drilling equipment on the drill floor as well as carrying out maintenance on the equipment.
The Floorhand also makes and breaks rotary connections using rig tongs, handles tubular goods, elevators and slips, and operates semi-automated pipe-handling machines. Additionally, the Floorhand participates in the daily cleaning, housekeeping and maintenance work on the drill floor and in the shale shaker room.

What do I need to know to hold the position?

In order to hold this position, you must have the following:

  Experience as Roustabout

  Basic school education as required by local legislation

How do I get there?

You typically start your offshore career as Roustabout and progress to Floorhand. In some areas, you can start directly as Floorhand if you have basic drilling and slinging education.


Drilling Fluid Operator (DFO, Derrickman, Mud Man)


What does the work consist of?
The DFO supervises and inspects the mud processing areas and ensures that these are kept clean and tidy, and that maintenance on the equipment is carried out in accordance with procedures.
The DFO pays special attention to the valves and pumps in the mud and cementing systems.

What do I need to know to hold the position?

In order to hold this position, you must have the following:

  Minimum 1 year experience as a Floorhand or Driller Trainee

  In order to hold this position, you must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge
   of mathematics and have passed Driller’s Qualification courses Level 1 and 2

How do I get there?

You typically have some years experience offshore, latest as Floorhand, or you have graduated as Driller Trainee.

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