Offshore Roustabout (Entry-Level)

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What does the work consist of?
The Roustabout is typically the entry level position when starting offshore and can be compared with a deck cadet on a ship.
The Roustabout reports directly to the Assistant Crane Operator, and is responsible for carrying out work in connection with loading/unloading operations, general maintenance and cleaning jobs, and assistance to the drill floor crew.

What do I need to know to hold the position?

  The Roustabout is willing to learn and is interested in an offshore career. A background as a craftsman and some experience working offshore is regarded as an advantage.

  BOSIET, MIST and Offshore Health / Medical certification are preferred

How do I get there?

As the Roustabout position is an entry level position, basic school education as per local legislation is the only requirement. You need to be physically fit and interested in an offshore career.

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11 thoughts on “Offshore Roustabout (Entry-Level)

  • June 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    hi all
    im looking to get started in offshore work in any position
    ive been a carpenter for 16 years alot of which i was self-employed and ive also worked in the mines in australia for the likes of Rio Tinto so im well versed in health and safety and a keen worker
    qualifications include:
    MIST ,BOSEIT, banskman/slinger, UK medical
    working at heights certificate
    australian white card for construction sites
    UK NVQ2 carpentry
    Australian vetassess cert 3 carpentry
    full drivers license
    any help would be greatly appreciated
    thanks in advance

    • June 16, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Hi Ron, drop me an email with your resume and I’ll see how I can help you.

  • July 10, 2015 at 6:38 pm


    A few years ago it was my dream to work in an offshore position. After getting some information about it, I got the instruction to first get some practice onshore. So I started as a cargo surveyor in the oil business (SGS) in the port of Antwerp.
    Now, more than 5 years of blending Gasoil and Gasoline products as well taking a lot of samples, calculating quantities, checking qualities and so on I hope to be ready to get a step closer to my dream.
    Qualifications/trainings include the following:
    * IFIA certified
    *VCA (same as SCC)
    *Enclosed spaces
    *Compressed Air
    *Fire Fighting
    *First Aid
    *Petroleum Blending and additives
    *SGS ‘The silent assassin’ (H2S)

    So I was wondering if I have a chance to make it to the offshore business already or do you recommend me to follow some additional training / get some more work experience?

    Thanks a lot taking your time reading this message and hopefully provide me with an answer.

    Yours faitfully


  • September 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    good day I ‘m interested in an entry level Roustabout.
    I am a hard worker who loves to work and to learn.
    I learn quickly and I see this opportunity as a new beginning for my future.
    I need help to get into the business.
    can you help me get in please .i be forever thankful
    for this is my future that depents on it .
    this is the best choice and a life line for me
    so i hope you understand how important this is for me
    i hope to here from you with good news
    i,m good person who needs help getting there

    god bless
    Yours faitfully jorgen

  • January 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Hi did offshore course and survival course hard to get job any on
    Assessed me what to do need help

  • February 21, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    hello there,
    also i am looking for an offshore job who interests me,can someone who is more expirienced
    give me some guiding?
    thanks already,


    • February 21, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      All the information and articles posted at this website are there to guide you. If you have specific questions you may post them right here.

  • July 13, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am applying for the position of Roustabout. I have always wanted to work offshore. To me, the opportunity is exciting and rewarding. I feel I am qualified for the position because I am able to quickly assess and overcome problems that arise. Also, as a dedicated and hardworking individual, I hope to be an asset to the team.
    Please consider me for this position.

    Kind Regards
    Jeroen Kerkhoven.

  • August 13, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    hy im jeffery .
    im looking for a offshore job dont mind starting at the bottom .
    i have vca 1 and whent for my sailing licence
    also i did some work around chemical factory’s as scaffbilder and industrial cleaning .
    for the rest i know some welding and werk with warehousestockmanagingsystem .
    if jou have eny job openings for offshore roustabout let me know.
    thanks in advance verdickt jeffery


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