Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Floorhands, or Roughnecks, are the main component of the drill crew and take direction from the Driller and Assistant Driller/Derrickman. Floorhands carry out the maintenance and cleaning of the drill floor and all drilling equipment. During tripping operations, floorhands assist with the safe and efficient makeup/breakout of the drill string. The senior floorhand is usually tasked with maintaining and monitoring the solids control equipment and activities on board the rig.