Oil rig job candidates
Requirements for oil rig job candidates, offshore and land based
To be completely realistic, to get a no experience starter job in the oil drilling industry is rather often problematic, especially offshore, if you are just a person from the street who even can't explain who referred you and don't have a clue whether that person has had anything at all to do with the oil rigs. If you don't care to go further than just read a couple of the articles dedicated to another oil rig offshore the Gulf of Mexico or oilfields boom in North Dakota at your preparation phase before you send out your CV to potential employers, you are most likely wasting not only your time, but also the truly precious time of the recruiting agents working for the oil drilling companies.
The very least successful candidate would need to prove during the interview or better highlight beforehand in his resumé he or she is not just physically healthy; more importantly, is motivated individual in the sense of having good reasons to start. But how on earth I could do that if I never had a chance so far to at least try myself, working in oil and gas? Even if it's the issue by itself to get an entry level oil rig job without experience because of the dramatic competition among greenhand vacancy seekers, be it in the USA-Canada, offshore Perth in Australia, or Aberdeen in the UK, really not important where, enrolling on one of the many training courses assumes no barriers to overcome. You just go (in person or online), apply, get enlisted, study, and get your very first valuable certificate that could become that magic key to open door for a successful candidate for that dream roustabout entry level job on an oil drilling platform and then well paid career on oil rigs. Once you've got hired for the first time and have worked for at least two years, you're inside that highly lucrative fields until the end of your life, and that's because you've got the necessary qualifications and have proved once forever you are a person suited for an offshore oil rig job who meets requirements.
In the news: Norway will soon start drilling for oil along its maritime border with Russia in its part of the Barents Sea. It's for the first time that this major oil producing country explores new region since the beginning of 1990-ies. Opening of the new drilling location has a history of being the result of one of the faster's of the known successful oil exploration projects. Back in 2011 the talks on the delimitation of the disputed areas in the Barents Sea waters between Russia and Norway successfully finished resulting in signing of the treaty between the two countries. The same day in 2011 the treaty took power, Norway sent drillships to some of the locations where oil deposits were expected at sea bed. Norway has plans of drilling for oil in Arctic, but so far the plans have been postponed. The oil reserves under the development in the area in question are estimated at 1,9 billion barrels of oil. In 2011 Russia's Gazprom and Gazprom and the Royal Dutch Shell signed an agreement on setting up a joint venture whose goal is to unite the efforts trying to discover more oil in this area, and new offshore oil rigs are to appear soon in the Barents Sea. The Norwegian locations Jan Mayen and Lofoten won't be explored for oil even by seismic vessels so far.
The requirement, though slightly changing from country to country or from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, remain basically the same. That's very much due to the fact that whether oil rig is located in the South Africa or offshore Malaysia, it is subject to the provisions of maritime law.
It is not mandatory that an oil rig job candidate has prior experience specifically in the oil and gas, but the more related your previous industry was and experience that you have gained more interchangeable, the better. Lacking any training courses and relevant certifications would certainly result in your resumé sound modest, hence smaller chance of being employed.
Oil industry is a wide field that requires people with experience in a host of specialties, therefore jobs for almost any kind of a professional can be available, including seemingly irrelevant expertise, such as English language teacher or interpreter between different languages if you get contracted with one of those bigger oil & gas corporations like ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company). Another of the Saudi Arabia major oil companies recently announced it's accepting applications from the UK English teachers for their hired non English speaking roustabouts and roughnecks with salary $19,000 per month something to think of, right. In fact English teacher can too be another oil rig entry-level position. The same may apply to hydro biologists, PC programmers, radiologists, and even archaeologists.
What's taken into account by recruiters in course of the hiring decision making:
- Satisfactory physical shape and ability to perform duties that involve repeated lifting of at least 50 lbs weights every day. No spinal problems, they constitute complete contraindication for field workers, especially hard laborers like roustabouts and roughnecks. Generally, you'll be eliminated from the working on oil rigs in case you suffer from conditions or disabilities that could interfere with your operating different mechanisms, appliances, machinery etc.
- Must be drug free and able to pass drug abuse test. If you indulge into alcohol, you better also don't apply for work on offshore oil rigs.
- Must be of age, not younger than full 18 years
- Ready and capable to work under adverse environmental conditions, keep extra hours and work prolonged shifts, ready to substitute other crew members
- Be holder of WHIMS and/or H2S Alive courses certificates.
- The qualities that imply willingness and ability to work and act as part of team, high personal responsibility, mechanical mind set - all those are important either in oil rig industry.
It is advisable that rig job seekers first choose and take some oil rig work related training courses. From general courses we recommend taking First Aid course that is available for free from the Red Cross in practically every location or near to it.
Please, mind that it is characteristic for the oil drilling industry that crews are being formed for delivering a project, and once it is complete, you need to look for oil rig job with a different employer or at a different location. The rigs don't offer the stability for life, but they do offer excellent compensation for hard work that you are hired to perform.
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