Becoming a roughneck on an oil rig.

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  1. MarkI

    MarkI Senior member

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    Given the economic climate, and the way things are looking, I don't think i'm going to be well of graduating with a major in english and a minor in literature this January.

    I'd like to become a teacher in the future, but I don't want to go back to school right away. Have been semi-seriously looking into becoming an oil worker on a rig. Does anyone know someone who's done/doing this? Or personally did it, any and all info would be appreciated.
     


  2. hoozah

    hoozah Senior member

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    you'll need some sort of trade or certificates to even step on some sites.
     


  3. hoozah

    hoozah Senior member

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    but if you're able to work in Canada,

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    and you should get your h2s alive, first aid, whmis, csem, and some others. good to have a class 1 or 3 with your transportation of dangeous goods.
     


  4. Harrington

    Harrington Well-Known Member

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    That's a fucking rough way to make a living. hoozah is right - you need safety and materials credentials before they'll even look at you, since on those kinds of jobs you're a danger to everybody and not just yourself.

    If you're serious, look at mining first. The pay's not as good unless you wind up in bumfuck nowhere, but the work's generally safer and there's a lower barrier to entry.
     


  5. hoozah

    hoozah Senior member

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    I have my ossa, csts and csem and might get my h2s alive this weekend. Some employers will pay for you to do the training but it's nice to have beforehand to put on your resume.
     


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    scarphe Senior member

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    what will your gf do with you gone months at a time?
     
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  7. SkinnyGoomba

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    I would think they'll train you or put you on the road to being trained. I work in sales, and my experience has been that while white collar jobs require you to have qualifications up and down, while often times blue collar careers are more forgiving at the start. They're usually willing to work with you while you get up to speed. A willing soul gets you a lot further than it would in say ...Finance.
     


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    No offense to English majors but that's hardly a field known for rough and tumble workers. Working on an oil rig is hard work. Like physically demanding and potentially brutal work. Those years of studying Shakespeare have not prepared you for that kind of work so unless you're already physically fit or have worked physically demanding jobs before you should look elsewhere.
     


  9. Trompe le Monde

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    what all oil wives and significant others do: find the quickest way to burn hard-earned money while working on a separation plan
     
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    I know a guy who got his BA in Russian Literature and ended up working a blue-collar oil job in Alberta a few months later. He's hardly the rough-and-tumble type. In fact, he looks like a professor or librarian. So I guess it depends on how desperate they are for workers, too.
     


  11. Harold falcon

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    Ah, but Russian Literature would mentally prepare him for the physical pain and soul crushing starkness of such labour. Mental toughness goes a long way and you're just not going to get that same kind of hardness reading James Joyce.
     
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  12. hoozah

    hoozah Senior member

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    I think you guys have been watching to many movies.
     


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    This sounds like a troll thread. Isn't this the OP who once made a thread that he was about to kill himself?
     


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    Also, supposing someone wants to be an oil rig roughneck, it could be a "feeder" job for NASA:

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  15. MarkI

    MarkI Senior member

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    my minor is actually russian literature, and i was born in the USSR, and most jobs I've worked have been menial, physical ones.

    becoming a roughneck is like a two shot opportunity to get the fuck away from everything and everybody, as well as kick my depressive funk out, and make some money while i get my shit together.
     


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