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A roustabout is an entry-level laborer on a drilling site who works long shifts in all weather conditions to prepare drilling sites, set up rigs, perform all-around maintenance and support tasks, and dismantle rigs for movement to other locations.

This physically demanding job requires 12-hour shifts outside in all kinds of weather. Some jobs require working 14 consecutive days; 84 hours per week, followed by 14 days off. Other jobs work 11 days on and 3 days off. Moving from site to site is required. Drugs are not tolerated. Workers are randomly tested for drugs. If there is an accident, drug testing will be done immediately.

Program Description   
Class Schedule -- listed below
This 96-hour course will give you the basic knowledge and skills necessary to apply for an entry-level position in the natural gas industry. Topics covered include:           

  • Natural Gas Employability Skills
  • Basic First Aid & CPR
  • Defensive Driving
  • Natural Gas 101
  • SafeLandUSA 
  • Aerial Work Platform
  • Rough Terrain Forklift
  • Pressures & Forces
  • Well Pad Construction
  • Heavy Equip Operator
  • Basic Rigging
  • Part ID Pipe/Valves/ tools/pumps/measurement
  • Fall Protection
  • Spill Prevention & Reporting

This course will teach you about the hazards associated with working in the industry. A gas industry expert will take you through all phases of the industry from drilling and production to completion and distribution operations. Our staff will assist you in developing a resume targeted to the industry, and help you develop job search and interviewing skills.

Industry Recognized Certifications received upon course completion:

  • SafeLand USA Basics Safety Awareness Orientation Card
  • Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Safety Training (OSHA 29.CFR1919.178 I)
  • First Aid & CPR 
  • Aerial Work Platform (ANSI/SIA/OSHA Compliance)
  • Commercial Defensive Driver Course (Center for Transportation Safety)
  • Heavy Equipment Operator Safety
  • ShaleNET Certificate of Completion 

People who wish to apply must have a valid driver’s license, take a physical exam, drug test and background check.

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 Class Schedule: There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.