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Offshore jobs for ex-military

Are you retired or military reserve officer?

Some of the best opportunities to enter offshore industry and start a new career there, exist for the ex-military, especially for the retired military personnel with training\education and credentials in the fields such as electricity, technical, mechanical appliances, heavy equipment and ROV handling, testing, and repairs; aviation, computer programming, electronics etc. Moreover, if an offshore position seeker is a former military, whose active service was in an officer position in the navy, such candidate will most likely be created vacancy for, even if there's none available at the moment of the interview. It pays to have a military background.

Who's hiring for the companies that actually drill for oil offshore

Another recruiting agency, called Foroil Recruitment Services, at the moment of writing this review was, for example, looking for a male or female candidate with military background to be hired for the job of Offshore Electronics Technician for company, located in Great Yarmouth. The starting salary for this position that in fact assumed only working part time on offshore oil rigs started at £ UK 25,000 with prospects of reaching £ UK 40,000 per year by measure of the specialist improving his/her workplace specific skills and competence. The key responsibilities for this position would include providing the repairs of the appliances sold by the company and maintenance of them on site where they are used in offshore projects in the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, and even Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Therefore good candidate was expected to be ready to travel internationally and domestically, including missions on offshore oil production/exploration facilities (rigs, platforms, drillships, semisubmersibles etc.) - not something former military might be scared of, especially taking into account generous compensation, different allowances, benefits, and flexible work schedule with being on duty alternating with extended several week leaves. Check out this semi-automatic CV/resumé submission service to e-mail it directly to the people charged with deciding who to hire on offshore oil rigs.

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Coping with stress and fear while working on offshore platforms

Whatever they say, and in a how much romantic manner the flyers would describe the life and work of the tough guys Roughnecks and Roustabouts aboard offshore oil rigs, the stress is always present there, its sources are diverse and numerous, and it takes good nerves and stone rock character to stay cold-blooded while performing your offshore position duties up to your employer's expectation. The feeling of stress and fear while doing offshore job may be lesser or bigger, but they are never gone, because working offshore, to put it bluntly, has always been dangerous. That's, after all, why those offshore salaries exceed exponentially any wages paid by companies for doing land based jobs in safer environment.

One survey revealed that offshore workers tend to suffer an increased stress because of the monotony and little skills required for doing what they do. This pertains mostly to low end positions like roustabouts, painters; or galleyhands, potwashers, people doing laundry - those latter jobs are in catering on offshore platform or other oil production unit of the type. This category of the offshore crew on platform tend to suffer from feeling bored because they are frustrated their real potential fails to be used for doing something worthier and because the responsibilities they are charged with could hardly be classed as challenging: cleaning, washing, tidying, scratching, painting different parts of the oil platform without ever seeing end to that. This is another reason why offshore oil drilling contractors HR departments are always happy to give preference to candidates coming from the ex-military personnel - the very nature of their former activities as military already assumes this is a person of strong character, someone accustomed to concentrate on following the orders and complete the mission not important how adverse the circumstances and the environment would be.

Dissatisfaction from what was said above results in apathy and degradation of performance - based on the study involving Norwegian offshore workers employed on the Statfjord Platform in the respective sector of the North Sea - offshore working regulations in Norway are believed to be the strictest. For those greenhand offshore job seekers looking for an entry-level job in not important which capacity - most often it is Roustabout - it could be useful to know what the survey found out concerning this category of the people doing this kind of offshore job: Roustabouts were discovered to be commonly frustrated from the feeling of apathy. The apathy originating from this kind of stress producing the attention lapses. Such condition poses extreme danger for the people finding themselves in a hazardous environment. The main danger lies in the fact that the worker fails to respond quickly enough and in the adequate manner to the emergency situation.

The main drawback of working in roustabout position for an entry-level greenhand worker lies in the fact that working as a roustabout and continuously doing the dirtiest and the most unpleasant work of offshore rigs leads to getting depressed, and oftentime that happens quicker than one would assume and before you realized what had happened.

Still relying on the assumption that those entry-level workers that used to serve in the military, moreover, navy, not always turns out grounded. The other chef, working on offshore oil rig with previous experience of having served in the Navy, described the difference between the semisubmersible and the ship this way: "Aboard a battleship in the navy I felt safer, than on the offshore oil production installation. I was frightened about the mode the platform would move during storm, even if I know it's anchored to the ocean bottom with 10 anchors. The ship can surf the waves quite smoothly even during heavy storm and no one has any fear. While offshore platforms constantly gets shaken by the hit of the huge waves and there's such impression that the next wave could crush and turn the whole structure upside down in a minute."

OPITO approved offshore courses

Regardless whether you come from civil or from military background, there are OPITO approved offshore courses, some of which are mandatory to complete before an offshore greenhand rig worker even sets his/her foot on the helideck of offshore platform or mobile oil drilling unit. Interested people may complete any of them, even if they don't work on platforms. Those courses are: MIST (Minimum Industry Safety Training), normally 2 days. MIST is obligatory for each and every employee or worker starting an offshore oil & gas career; BOSIET (stands for Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training; FOET (Further Offshore Emergency Training) 1 day standard course; HUET & EBS - Helicopter Underwater Egress Safety Training with Emergency Breathing Systems; 3 TEMPSC courses. In the UK all of the suvvested offshore courses are available for enrollees at the National Maritime College of Ireland or at Falck Safety Services Ltd - UK Offshore Training centres based in Aberdeen & Teesside. Other OPITO approved training providers are: Survivex Ltd in Aberdeen, Survivex Ltd (DMCC Branch) in Dubai, UAE, Petrofac Training/UL Lafayette Marine Survival Training Center in Lafayette, LA, USA; BOSIET, FOET, BRIDGE, TBOSIET, TFOET, THUET, HUET; Petrofac Training - Houston Training Centre in Houston, TX; Falck Safety Services in the USA (Maurice LA, Houston TX, Houma LA, Brookshire TX). There are appro[imately 150 OPITO approved safety training providers in different countries around the world.

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