The Telegraph's Scott Campbell visited the platform.Roughneck is a term for a person whose occupation is hard-manual labor.He doesn't always do the right thing (he crowds in on a guy's wife, after all) but his heart does ultimately end up in the right place. He defends Dawson when his slimy pops tries to take the boy back home.And even when he dies, Tuck is still thinking of others—donating his entire estate (minus what Dawson and Amanda would like to keep) to a children's cancer fund that's deeply important to Amanda.
Most people who work in the US oilfield are southerners with a high school education.
In the United Kingdom's oil industry starting in the 1970s, roughneck specifically meant those who worked on the drill floor of a drilling rig handling specialised drilling equipment for drilling and pressure controls.
In practice, these workers ranged from unskilled to highly skilled, depending subjectively on the individual worker's aptitude and experience. oil drilling industry even earlier and had a similar meaning.
Please don't take that as disparaging them in any way -- most college grads are too prissy about grease and manual labor to survive in that type of job.
There are a ton of smart people on drilling rigs who just didn't take the academic route for whatever reason. there are a lot of people like me in the oilfield, but we're definitely in the minority. It's a dynamically-positioned fifth-generation drillship with a dual derrick capable of supporting 2 million pounds of pipe.