Offshore Oil Rig Jobs
While many of the offshore oil rig jobs are physical in nature,
many of the rig companies go out of their way to make sure your
time spent onboard is an enjoyable one. For instance employees
may find themselves living in accommodation wings that meet 4 or
5 star hotel standards - despite the fact that you a living in
the middle of the ocean. While you are on board the company will
usually meet all food, board and laundry expenses, along with
travel and transfer costs.
There are a large number of offshore oil rig jobs that are
available. The range of employment opportunities include:
Driller, Derrickman, Shakerhand or Mudman, Toolpusher, Floormen
or Roughnecks, Motorman, Assistant Driller, Crane Operator,
Roustabouts, Cleaner/Painter, Storekeeper, Mechanic/Electrician,
Sub Sea Engineer, Rig Mechanic, Rig Electrician, Rig Welder,
Barge Engineer, Ballast Controlman or Watchstander, Captain and
Chief Engineer, Rig Medic and Safety Man.
Most offshore oil rig jobs call for a 14/21 day rotation that
means you work for 14 days and have 21 off. This equates to you
having approximately 3/5 of the year off on holiday.
In the offshore oil rig industry, there are opportunities for
drilling employment and travel to countries such as: Saudi
Arabia, Nigeria, the United States, Kuwait, United Arab
Emirates, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, Norway, China, Canada and
the United Kingdom.
Typically salaries for roustabouts and roughnecks (drill deck
workers) are approximately US $300 per day. Annual salaries work
out to be approximately US $47,000.
More specialized jobs such as that of Driller is likely to make
around $56,000 per annum, which Toolpushers, Drill Leaders and
Supervisors are likely to earn around the US $75,000 - $100,000
mark per year.
Entry level positions typically make between US $50,000 - US
$80,000 per annum. Trades, technical and professional positions
will likely earn between US $70,000 - US $220,000 per annum. The
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- You will be issued with safety boots hard hat safety glasses
and coveralls. - Keep a good attitude and be focused on why you
wanted to work offshore. - There are smoking rooms at various
places on a rig where safety matches will be supplied. - For
meals you take off your work gear and eat in the galley. - You
may have to work a night shift or two as an oil rig is a 24 hour
operation. - Don't upset the radio operator, medic or chef.
Helicopters, medical attention and food are most important.
Aboard an oil rig every piece of lifting equipment has a color
code on it - this is an indication that it was tested as safe to
use on the last lifting equipment check. Only items with the
current color code on them should be used.
When working in the petroleum industry, don't bring alcohol,
illegal drugs, weapons (of any description) including knives,
flammable items, lighters and matches (safety matches will be
provided in the smokers room) when working on energy jobs.
If working aboard an offshore rig, remove batteries from
electrical equipment before checking in you luggage. If you are
to be transported by helicopter your mobile phone may be taken
from you before you board the helicopter.
A number of people working aboard oil rigs work are in support
roles such as catering crew and doctors, etc. The following is
an outline of what may be expected for doctors or medics.
Because of the physical size of rigs, many of these types of
roles are sole charged and one must be able to make do with the
facilities and resources at end. In the case of doctors or
medics based aboard oil rigs, it may be necessary to treat
patients suffering from a huge variety of ailments and
illnesses. Issues can arise as a lot of the workers aboard oil
rig installations may speak foreign languages, so it is critical
for the medical personnel to be able to quickly and effectively
diagnose the problem. Generally medical staff will work one of
two shifts, either day or night. Their role can often also
include checking and maintianing stocks of emergency supplies,
testing and verifying drinking water supplies are clean, as well
as inspecting both raw and cooked foods from the kitchen. They
are also often responsible for conducting weekly first aid
seminars for all workers aboard the oil rig.
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