WHY OUR ROUGHNECKS ARE SO IMPORTANT TO US

CrudeHands wants to show appreciation to our Roughnecks for their relentless teamwork and pursuit to create the most protective impact glove.  Wear trials, education strategies, and their constant feedback and participation continuously evolves CrudeHands SmartSkin Impact Gloves.

Steven

Trainer

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Years as a roughneck: 8

Hometown: Sicily Island, LA

How did you become a roughneck?
Where I come from, it’s the only thing that people think to do as a career.

What is your favorite part of being a roughneck?
The comradery with the guys on the rig, and the time off every month.

What do you like to do when you’re off?
Spending time with the family. Fishing, mud riding, spending time on the party barge, and swimming in the lake with the family in Louisiana.

Why are you proud to be a roughneck?
The tradition and how it takes a lot of work and effort to make a career out of it.

What does an average day look like?
I wake up at 4:30am, have a safety meeting at 5:30am and make a plan of action for the day. Then if I have a class to teach I’ll do that, and then it’s all hands-on training on the rig until 6pm. After work, if we’re not too worn out, the guy’s and I will go to dinner or a local watering hole to relax.

How do you balance your work and family?
At first it was extremely difficult to balance but after a while it gets easier, and you appreciate your time at home with your family more than ever.

What advice would you give to those who are thinking of working on a rig?
“You can make it if you got a little gas.”

What do you want people to know about roughnecking that they don’t know?
The job isn’t as dangerous as it used to be.

Daniel

HSE Supervisor

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Years as a roughneck:  3

Hometown: Denver, CO

How did you become a roughneck?
A friend that worked on the rig offered me a position as a floor hand so I decided to try it out.

What is your favorite part of being a roughneck?
Before I became an HSE, it used to be working really hard and getting paid to only work 6 months out of the year, but now I work full-time.

What do you like to do when you’re off?
Snowboarding, having friends over, and building furniture.

Why are you proud to be a roughneck?
Everybody that you meet in this industry is self-made. Many of them started from the bottom and worked extremely hard to make it to where they are.

What does an average day look like?
My day starts at 5am where I talk with my team and investigate any incidents that have happened on any of our rigs. From there I coordinate with my team on how to best handle and resolve anything that has occurred.

How do you balance your work and family?
Right now I’m single, so I pretty much work all the time.

What advice would you give to those who are thinking of working on a rig?
Keep your ears open and learn as much as possible. Make sure to ask a lot of questions and ask everyone around you for advice. Doing this and taking notes constantly will help you rise in the ranks quickly.

Cory

Trainer

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Years as a roughneck:  9

Hometown: Stevenville, TX

How did you become a roughneck?
I was a mechanic before and heard there was good money in it.  I knew a couple people that worked there and gave them my application.  I was going to college and planned on taking a year off to make some money and go back, but the money was so good I decided to keep roughnecking.

What is your favorite part of being a roughneck?
Days off.

What do you like to do when you’re off?
Hang out with family and raise my little girl.  I like golfing but I don’t have much time to do it.

Why are you proud to be a roughneck?
Not everyone can do it, not everyone can handle being away from home.  I take pride that I can work hard and take care of my family.

What does an average day look like?
Dirty.  Twelve long hours of playing in the dirt even if it’s snowing, rainy, windy, or 120 degrees out.

How do you balance your work and family?
I spend as much time with them as I can when I’m at home.  When I’m at work knowing I’m doing it for them makes it more bearable.

What advice would you give to those who are thinking of working on a rig?
Work hard, know your place and what’s expected of you.  Don’t be afraid to work hard.  If you’re just out to make money then it’s not for you.

What do you want people to know about roughnecking that they don’t know?
It takes a special type of person to be a roughneck.  Typical stereotypes of roughnecks aren’t true, they aren’t alcoholics or druggies, but hard working men making a living for their families.  When I first started I used to be embarrassed to say I was a roughneck, but now I am proud.

 

Justin

Roughneck

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Years as a roughneck:  16

Hometown: Denver, CO

How did you become a roughneck?
Stepdad roughnecks as well so that’s how I got into it.

What is your favorite part of being a roughneck?
Everything.

What do you like to do when you’re off?
Camping, fishing, and spending time with family.

Why are you proud to be a roughneck?
Love doing it and it’s the only thing I know how to do.

What does an average day look like?
Wake up at 3am, working by 4:30am, work hard the whole day, and then I’m off by 5 or 6.

How do you balance your work and family?
I love my family and I spend as much time with them as I can on my days off even if that means driving all night.

What advice would you give to those who are thinking of working on a rig?
It’s not for everyone.