All kinds of people from all walks of life are looking for oil rig jobs. Some of these people are just starting out and entering the workforce. Others, on the other hand, are looking to change careers. For various reasons, oil rig jobs are in high demand:
- You get to reap the potential benefit of having a long career ahead of you.
- Oil rig jobs include a large variety of skill sets meaning good job variety.
- Better suited to some than to others, oil rig work is carried out in extended stretches, known in the industry as ‘hitches’. Employees can spend as much as six months on the rig then can look forward to six months of ‘vacation’ time.
- Suited to those individuals that can’t bear the thought of office work, many oil rig jobs consist of very physical work.
- You may be able to travel the world.
- There are large financial rewards on offer. Some oil rig employees earn well in excess of $350,000 each year.
How Can You Become an Offshore Oil Rig Worker?
Quite unlike many alternative career paths, there are various ways to land a job on an oil rig. It depends on your level of education, your experience, and your skill sets, though the level of importance denoted to each is not in that order. Each individual oil rig job attracts its unique set of qualifications/experience for entry.
Perhaps you have only minimal education, or you might even have failed to complete secondary school. Entry-level oil rig jobs are still relatively abundant and include welding, floor hands, galley hands, and stewards. Typically, these types of jobs do not involve particularly lengthy ‘hitches’ and they are paid hourly rather than salaried. The average annual income you can expect will be around $50,000 or more.
For individuals that have successfully completed high school, a good starting place is as a driller, derrickman, or roustabout. Again, no prior experience is required and you can expect an annual salary of around $75,000 per year after gaining some experience.
For anyone that does have prior experience working on an oil rig you may be ready for a placement at a higher position such as a tool pusher or a rig manager. Average annual tool pusher salaries are around $90,000, whereas rig managers can earn an average annual salary of as much as $125,000.
Those that have undertaken and completed an advanced degree, given that it’s in a field that’s relevant (for example, engineering, including petroleum engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering), and given that you have leadership experience, you may wish to join an acceleration program with the outcome of which being a job that offers extra responsibilities along with a higher-pay scale. Top earners here may be able to enjoy a yearly salary well in excess of $350,000.
What About Documents and Certificates – What’s Required?
Engineers and geoscientists being the exception, there’s no requirement for oil extraction workers to have formal education. Rather, on-the-job training and certificates are regarded as being of more importance.
There are, however, a number of technical schools that provide oil rig training and those courses cover topics like rigging safety, OSHA regulations, and winching and laying pipe. Such courses are useful for newcomers to the oil rig work industry.
There is a three-day Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training program (BOSIET) that is mandatory to complete for all offshore oil rig employees. This training program teaches first aid, safety regulations, crisis response, correct use of hazardous materials, and helicopter travel skills.
Some employers might also want to see that their employees have undertaken Helicopter Underwater Emergency Training (HUET). This is a single-day course and it focuses on escaping from a helicopter should there be an emergency landing in the ocean.
For those that wish to learn firefighting techniques and advanced survival skills, there’s also the Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) program.
Tips on How to Get an Oil Rig Job
Though every drilling company has differing criteria to the next, there are some consistent elements when it comes to landing an oil rig job.
Many companies help you in assessing your skills and interests so you’re able to find the type of oil rig job that’s going to fit best. All jobs require candidates to have passed a safety certificate program of some kind. This varies depending on the state as different states have different criteria for safety certification.
As mentioned, a lack of experience and a poor showing or no showing in terms of education does not necessarily mean it’s a deal-breaker. Character assessments, personal statements, and letters of recommendation from previous employers, etc. are often part and parcel of the recruitment process.
Once you’ve landed an interview, recruiters will want to find out if you are able and fully prepared to deal with the circumstances and conditions relating to the work. So if you’re new to the work, keep this in mind as it is an important element of the pre-job grilling process.
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