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How to get a job on an oil rig

There are many job opportunities for people who would like to work on oil rigs. The oil industry, including its upstream sector (drilling for oil and oil extrusion) is one of the biggest employers worldwide. Oil drilling contractors are always in need of seamen, painters, catering personnel (cooks, chefs, stewards, galleyhands, camp boss), engineers, electricians, welders, safety instructors, etc. Since the working conditions on oil rigs are difficult, there's a constant shortage of both qualified and entry-level (Roustabout, Roughneck, Medic, Electrician, Mechanic, Motorman - the list goes on and on) staff in this area.

Requirements to get a job on an oil rig

Regardless of the position that suits you best, the first thing for yourself in the capacity of an oil rig greenhand job seeker to do should be to prepare a CV/Resumé that would highlight the skills needed to get the job on an oil rig. Most of the jobs on oil rigs require the knowledge of certain basic skills of a potential employee by their employer, so it is necessary that you list the skills you believe could be useful for doing your job on oil rigs on your Resumé/CV. There are several companies that can write a Resumé for you for a small fee, or you can find a standard Resumé sample online, or even there's a better choice: Resumé writing/ submission service, either individual or semi-automatic, where you could compose your Resumé/CV by yourself, using their online questionnaire, and then for a small fee they would e-mail it to the set of the employers you would choose yourself from their list by checking the boxes next to the companies names.

OK, once you have prepared your Resumé, the second step you need to do to start moving in the direction of getting a job on an oil rig is to pass a physical examination. You should also undergo criminal background check and drug abuse tests, there will be various questions about your story, so be ready to answer them. It is always best to answer all questions honestly, take it as advice of friend.

Age limitations

The minimum age, allowing to work on oil rig is 18 years. So, you need to meet this criterion before applying for a job on an oil rig, though age does not constitute obstacle for starting getting prepared for your dream job on oil rigs by learning as much as possible about life on rigs and offshore platforms and about the tough guys who work there. Regarding educational requirements, employers pay special attention and try to identify your ability to do the job rather than any degree or certification. The entry-level jobs aboard oil rigs does not require a formal education as such, only High School Diploma or GED certificate; However, people who are responsible for supervising and managing people require higher levels of education. The work also provides several options to advance in your career as employers want experienced workers to take a more responsible positions and assist in training of new employees. There are many services that offer certification courses approved by the Coast Guard. As for the upper age limit, to the best of my knowledge there isn't such. The oldest Roustabout I ever saw on offshore oil rig was 63 years old, the real sea wolf. He told he was considering retirement in two years, i. e. at the age of 65. His physical condition was excellent.

Being ready for employment on oil rigs

Oil drilling companies often need to train recruits in basic work and interpersonal skills, even if they are greenhand candidates that have relevant diploma/education. The candidate's belief that a diploma proves that he or she as a greenhand candidate possesses the required training/educational background and skills to make him/her worthy of employment and give them hand over the rest of applicants for even entry level positions like Motorman or Line Electrician on offshore oil rig, can often be misleading and harmful for the candidate himself. Educational qualifications matter at the stage of a job seeker looking for employment opportunities on offshore and land based rigs. However, it is not the most important factor that counts. There are other aspects that are more important than a single degree. A perfectly written Resumé is not enough to be selected for a job, and this applies not only to offshore oil rig job. What matters first of all, should be job seeker's attitude. If you think you are weak in some areas, work on them. There are many intuitions that offer care and motivation courses to help you deal with your weak areas. So, are you ready to take the challenge?

There are many people who want to work on an oil rig, but be cautious, since they have little or no experience. While relevant experience improves your chances greatly, no one does not mean you will be hired. One can apply to most of the entry-level jobs, without having any previous experience working offshore. The most important thing that determines whether you will be successful on an oil rig is the ability to learn things quickly.

The hours of work on an oil rig is comparatively more than other conventional fields, with working hours on average between 80-100 hours a week. Before you set out to work on an oil rig, you should prepare yourself both mentally and physically, as the job requires a lot of traveling and there are times when you will be away from home for weeks, even months. Working conditions are difficult, but they are in good condition, it will not take much time to get used to the job.

Salary and Benefits

People who have no previous experience of working on an oil rig makes about $ 40,000 to $ 50,000 a year. The positive point is that you need to work for the full year as most of the companies have a working structure in which people work for three weeks and get a two weeks away. Dishwashers and general laborers working daily earn about $ 900 to $ 1000 a week. Food and accommodation is taken care of by the employer and this is one of the biggest advantages of working in this field.

As mentioned previously, offshore oil rig jobs are difficult and you have to spend much time away from your family, but the salary offered is quite competitive. I would advise you to weigh all your options before you commit to this job.

Workers Compensation

Work on an offshore oil rig can be quite exhausting, but also very efficient, since the staff works only 6 months net a year, while the remaining 6 months is paid vacations. The work on offshore oil rig never stops, a platform is kept operable 24 hours a day 360 days a year by arranging appropriate rotation of the personnel that works by shifts.

It should be noted that to have a chance to find a job on offshore platform good greenhand candidate must speak pretty good English and that most of the employees are university graduates of different specialties. Certainly there workpiece and trained workforce, mechanics, fitters, electricians, plumbers, foremen, derrickman etc.

The pay is pretty good and certainly correspond to the fees set between the unions of workers and companies. It is much higher than the fees for equivalent work on the land. A Roughneck (oilfield worker, driller helper), for example earns the salary of about 2.500 Euro per month, while a Driller earns about 5,000 a month. The wages of Geologists, Engineers, Consultants with some years of experience and other managers are exponentially impressive, they can earn well over 1,000 Euro per day, if we speak about Europe!

Attention of employers, Featured CV:

Dear Sirs,

Please accept this as my application for the position of Offshore Electronic Engineer. My training and hands on experience include: Marine Electronics Engineering, DP Maintenance & Engineering, Diagnosing, troubleshooting and performing preventative maintenance on data logging equipment (MD TOTCO), top drive (TDS-11SA + VFD control system), BOP, PLC SIEMENS, communication systems, satellite communication and broadcasting systems, radio systems, PA system, PC network and all electronic equipment and systems on board the rig/ship, Security Systems (FIRE ALARM, CONTROL ACCESS, CCTV), Navigation systems, splash tide door, water tide door, Damatic automation; Electrician, Electronics Tech, Electronic, Electrical, mechatronics, programming, system architecture, troubleshooting (SMD, through hole), PCB design, System integration, embedded electronics, analog and digital electronics; Maritime Deck Officer; Commercial Management (post academic studies);

I am adept in ensuring work completion on time, within scope and budget, according to all safety and quality requirements. Able to work with tight schedules and multi-national teams. I work hard, learn fast and can assume responsibilities without a lot of supervision. Able and willing to assist in any type of work, I am a good team player and I work well with different kinds of people. I would very much appreciate meeting with you for a personal interview.

I prefer permanent Offshore positions. My previous experience includes having been employed in the positions of: Electronic Engineer - NAVYMAR SHIPPING (GSP Offshore) - Black Sea and the Gulf of Mexico from Febr. 2013 - until now Operations/Maintenance on Jack up rigs; Electrician, Bulk Carrier, ELECTRONIC ENGINEER - Electronic Officer- PULLMANTUR - Passenger Ships from Sept.2011 to Nov. 2011; AUTOMATION ENGINEER - BACIOIU IMPORT EXPORT S.R.L. - Onshore facility from June 2010 to October 2010; ELECTRONIC Engineer - S.C. IMSAT MARITIME S.A., Romania - Service Engineer since August 1997 to July 1999 with duties and responsibilities such as Installation, routine, and emergency servicing of electronic equipment and electrical installations, radio equipment maintenance, servicing different types of radars: FURUNO, KODEN, KELVIN HUGHES, FURUNO, DECCA, GRS, RAYTON - GPS.

TRAINING / CERTIFICATES: 1) DP Maintenance & Engineering issued:17/10/2014 (NAUTICAL COLLEGE) 2) Security Systems Technician. Other: BOSIET, valid until 06/05/2018; SECAE ASSPA; IGPASS (IADC); MAVLO (IADC); Helicopter underwater escape training with EBS; Transportation and handling of dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes; Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats, other that fast rescue boats, valid through 09/15/2015; RADAR NAVIGATION, RADAR PLOTTING AND USE OF ARPA certificate (operational level) - expires 09/08/2015; Advanced fire fithing certificate - expires 09/22/2015; REVALIDATION DECK OFFICER - operational level certificate, expires on 10/08/2015. GMDSS-GOC certificate, good through 11 October 2015.

This applicant's CV and copies of certificates are available for the esteemed employers consideration (available upon request).

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