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Offshore Rigging Roustabouts

Offshore rigging roustabouts work on the deck with the crane operator and barge crew, rigging loads and slinging cargo, loading and unloading the transport barges, and learning the operations of running an offshore crane. They are considered to be part of the Marine section, and will report to the crane operator or the marine crew superintendent.

There aren't enough crane operators to go around, and those with some experience are in high demand, and make a great living. Choosing to get an offshore rigging job as a rigging roustabout can place you on a great career path learning an in-demand skill and trade that you can use both offshore and onshore. Operating a crane is a big responsibility, so getting some hands-on training will help you master the trade and learn from those with a lot of experience and technical know-how on the ins and outs of running a crane offshore.

A good way to prepare for a position like this is through land-based training that simulates the operations of an offshore crane. Getting training like this will make you a shoe-in for landing an offshore rigging roustabout position, and place you firmly on a career path of becoming an offshore crane operator.  


Offshore Rigging Roustabout Training

Energy Cranes Training Center, Robert, Louisiana

Energy Cranes Training Center in the USA forms part of the established Shell Robert Training and Conference Center, where Energy Cranes have installed a teaching crane and provide specialist instructors covering lifting disciplines.

The Shell Robert T&CC boasts 13 classrooms, accommodating from 9 to 100 delegates, on a site with residential accommodation and leisure facilities.

Training & competence assessment services are available for:

  • Crane Operators (on & offshore, pedestal, gantry & knuckleboom cranes)
  • Crane Maintainers
  • Hydraulics Maintainers
  • Riggers
  • OPITO-approved Slinger & Banksman training
  • Personnel transfer (FROG capsule)
  • LOLER (E-learning package)

Offshore Rigging Roustabout Wages

Wages for offshore rigging roustabouts run from 50 to 60k. An average wage would be 22.50 an hour; with 44 hours of overtime a week at time and a half, this adds up to 62K a year, for 6 months of work.

Getting a Roustabout Job Offshore

The best way to land an offshore Roustabout job is to apply in person - there are many unadvertised entry level jobs offshore. Obviously, the person whose face is in the office asking for work every week or two is going to stand out above all the other applicants. 

If visiting the employment offices of offshore drilling contractors isn’t possible for you, then the next best thing is to ensure that your Resume, C\V and Cover Letter are specific to the offshore industry, and to the job you are applying for. We highly recommend the services of Rigworker if you wish to facilitate the process and improve the odds. Rigworker has over 10,000 members, and thousands have had success when they chose to utilize their Resume \ CV submittal service.

Rigworker charges a nominal fee for their services, $60, which is quite reasonable and comparable in price to other resume submission firms who don't focus on a specific industry, such as offshore drilling or oil industry jobs. Rigworker specializes in this industry, and are very good at what they do.  They guarantee your satisfaction with their services, and your money back if you don't land work in 3 months. You will get far more for this small investment than anywhere else on the internet.

If you are interested in finding roustabout jobs, one of the fastest ways to get hired is to utilize the resources provided by The Oil and Gas Jobs Resource Kit. For what they charge, $37.00, they provide a lot of value: A five volume resource kit on landing work in the oil industry in the job of your choice. This includes a 50 page how-to on oil jobs resume creation that meets oil industry criteria, an 83 page manual on the types of oil jobs and where to find them; and an 83 page guide on how an oil rig works, as well as an employment manual with over 200 pages of oil and drilling company profiles, large and small, all over the world. They also tie it all together in a seperate strategy manual on finding oil rig jobs. They guarantee 100% satisfaction, and you will get a lot of bang for the buck.


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