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Becoming a roughneck on an oil rig.

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by MarkI, Nov 19, 2012.

  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.
     
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  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.
     
  6. scarphe

    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.
     
  8. Harold falcon

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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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  10. Hartmann

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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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    jrd617 Senior member

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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.
     
  16. hoozah

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    i'd love to work even further up north. i saw a ad of a guy hiring people to insulate wire up in inuvik for 2 months paying $500/day, accommodation included.
     
  17. imschatz

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    I Calgary, AB .. lived in Regina, SK .. I know more people that worked the rigs then I do people who work in the office.

    Barriers to entry:
    1) Housing. The biggest barrier to most work in the Canadian Oil Fields is finding a place to live near the work. There are very few (and very competitive) jobs in the major cities, but smaller centers have more jobs then they have houses.
    2) Certifications. Most employers will list what certifications they want on their websites.

    So. The question is .. how much money do you want to make? I know people who clear 6 figures, with minimal experience, and a few weekends of safety training.

    The work isn't for everyone. You live in shitty little camps, working very long hours .. but you get paid for it. And you do get time off. Lots of guys have houses in Calgary, and will spend a their off time partying in the city for a few weeks before heading back to camp.

    I also met a guy while travelling Australia. He spent a few years working the Saskatchewan Oil Fields, then got a job in Australia. Makes his 6 figures, has his home in Brisbane, and spends his off time travelling the Gold Coast partying with backpackers.

    If you're dedicated - you can transition into sales. I am taking the Dale Carnegie Course with a bunch of oil services salesmen .. and they live a pretty rock-and-roll lifestyle. Living in the city, lots of hookers and blow, with 6+ figure incomes, and still only a few weekends of safety training.

    So ya .. find out where you think you might want to work .. and see if you can find a place to live there. Don't fret to much about "finding a job" and "having the right certifications".
     
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    Not true.

    There is lots of work for people to do very simple tasks. Hold signs .. surveying .. etc. It's not all that "physically" demanding. I'd say .. it's a very "emotionally" different lifestyle. Long hours, in isolated camps, often doing very repetitive tasks. You do a lot of physical work .. so don't get me wrong. But you don't have to be some 6'6 250lb machine of a man to do it.
     
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    as for housing, head out to the Williston man camps - if they're full up give teacher or rube a call.....
     
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  20. dks202

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    This is a tough way to make a living, but this is a booming area now. It's just south of San Antonio, easily an hour or so commute by car. That's considered close in Texas where we have counties that are bigger than some states..

    "The Eagle Ford Shale (EFS) is quite possibly the largest single economic development in the history of the state of Texas. The play had more than a $25 billion dollar impact on the local South Texas economy in 2011."


    http://eaglefordshale.com/jobs/
     

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