A Roughneck is responsible for the operation of equipment and machines as required by the Driller. A Roughneck is also typically present in the mud process room at all times. Also ensures shakers and machines are working properly.


  • Help move drilling rigs and equipment from site to site, set up in the new site and connect power cables or hoses for water and air supply;
  • Help obtain drilling core samples;
  • Dig and clean mud pits and drains;
  • Mix and test drilling fluids, chemicals and grout;
  • Assist in slotting, welding and inserting casing screens;
  • Assist with well development and pumping tests;
  • Operate equipment, such as pumps for air, water and mud;
  • Use equipment and tools to correct problems in drilled holes caused by ;mechanical breakdowns or by harmful natural conditions;
  • Carry out minor maintenance and repairs, including lubrication and cleaning; and
  • Clean and maintain equipment, drill and camp sites.

Skills Required

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities;
  • Aptitude for mechanics and able to handle machinery;
  • Physically fit;
  • Able to work as part of a team;
  • Willing to work in remote areas under difficult conditions;
  • Good organisation skills;
  • Able to record details accurately;
  • Clean police record;
  • Be 18 years old (as it is a legal requirement on most mine and quarry sites);
  • Have a drug and alcohol clearance; and
  • Pass a medical examination.


$70,000 - $130,000