Jobs and Professions on Offshore Oil Rigs
Currently there are a lot of excellent opportunities available in the international offshore oil industry. Many positions are available at entry level as well as for professionals. There are several training programs available designed to prepare applicants without oil industry experience. Important conditions are physical fitness and one should not be less than 18 years or more than 50 years old.
Offhore Safety Training
Offshore worker have to undergo a health check and take part in safety training except personnel that previously worked on rigs or have already worked offshore. The safety training lasts 3-5 days and includes first aid & fire safety. The oil companies arrange the safety course and health check internally and this is at no cost for the applicants. As the job is demanding applicants should be in good physical condition and have no disabilities or impairments. The working language on offshore platforms and oil rigs is English.
Accommodation & Leisure
The crew will stay in cabins of a comfortable standard similar to a middle class hotel up to top class, including bathroom and TV. Service personnel take care of cleaning and laundry. To compensate hard physical work there are sports facilities such as fitness rooms, pool billiard, or on larger facilities even a swimming pool. Some are fitted with a small cinema, or shopping mall and some have a tennis or badminton court. You find necessities such as a medical station, emergency room and a postal office.
Working Hours & Salaries
The usual work schedule consists of 21 days of 12-hour shifts followed by 21 days off. This 21/21 rhythm is regulated by international law. The monthly net salary for an average helper in a drilling crew is $3000. Many employers offer further training which means the salary can increase up to $3500. The Roustabout job is the most common entry level occupation. Most new hires in the Drilling & Marine Section start as Roustabouts. Clothing is provided. Flights and transportation is also taken care of.
Helper & Assistants
Helpers and regular laborer have the following task: removing rust, painting, scrubbing, transporting goods, equipment and loading supplies on-board. They are required to prepare the drilling rigs by laying the drill rods in the right order and handling them for the drill crews as well as mixing chemicals for the drill fluids, removing rust, and maintaining material. The Roustabout position is the most common entry level job. A Roustabout is a worker who works as a trainee or helper for those in more senior positions.
Helpers and Assistants
• Roustabouts have the following tasks: removing rust, painting, scrubbing, transporting goods, equipment and loading supplies on-board. They are also required to prepare the drilling rigs by laying the drill rods in the right order and handling them for the drill crews as well as mixing chemicals for the drill fluids, removing rust, preparing pipe cleaning and maintaining material.
The Roustabout position is the most common entry level job in the oil rig’s marine section. A Roustabout is typically an inexperienced worker who works as a trainee or helper for those in more senior positions. The monthly net salary for an inexperienced helper is $3000.
Drilling Crew / Rig Personnel
• Maintenance Roustabout ($3500): work load consists of general maintenance and assisting all other drilling rig crew members.
• Roughneck ($4700): is the main component of the drill crew and take direction from the Driller, Assistant Driller and Derrickman.
• Derrickman ($5400): duties include pipe handling during tripping operations and maintaining mud pumps and associated equipment.
• Mud Engineer ($6000): in charge of the drilling fluids used. The Mud Engineer is likely to have a degree in chemistry and will have a very good knowledge of drilling procedures.
• Drilling Foreman ($6500): is in charge of the drill crew and ensures the safe completion of all operations on the drill floor including daily preventative maintenance of all equipment.
Oil Rig Career Opportunities
• Radio Operator ($5200): probably the easiest job in the world. A lot of money if you can stand it, but bring plenty of books. It is a vital job however. Usually Radio Operators are never busy.
• Rig Welder ($5800): is permanently based on one oil rig and carry out all day to day repairs and building of new metalwork. When there is a big project a squad of welders is hired to finish the job quickly.
• Electricians ($5900) are tradespersons who install and repair electrical equipment. In addition to working on buildings, electricians may specialize in electrical wiring and cabling of oil rigs and other mobile platforms. An apprentice will work alongside a more qualified electrician.
• Camp Boss ($6400): is in charge of the catering department. According to various qualifying measures which are offered by many employers this can increase up to $7000 per month.
More Offshore Job Resources
• Steward/ess ($4200): is assisting in the kitchen and canteen and provides laundry, accommodation and cleaning services.
• Materials Man / Storekeeper ($4900): is controlling the stock of materials, equipment, and spare parts on-board the oil rig.
• Painter ($5400): reports to the Barge Engineer and is responsible for the entire painting program on an oil platform or vessel.
($5900): they are not fully qualified doctors but have a high level of
medical training. On some smaller drilling platforms they double
up as Oil Rig Safety & Training Coordinators.
• Safety & Training Coordinator ($6700): providing training on Safety Management System as needed and perform on-board rig-specific orientations for arriving personnel. This is a job for someone who is a good communicator and has good organizational skills.
Further Job Opportunities in the Oil & Gas Industry:
Electronic Engineers, Electro Mechanics, Plumbers, Catering Crew, Toolpusher, Waiters, Kitchen Personnel and Helpers, Electricians, Medical Staff, Maintenance Engineer,
Laboratory Assistants and Technicians, Warehouse & Logistics Personnel, Cleaning Crew, Painters, Mechanics, Mechanical Engineers, Technical Drawers, Production Operator,
Welders, Telecommunications Technicians, Locksmiths, Metalworkers, Accounting & Legal, Assistant Cooks, Galley Hand, Process Engineers, Geophysicists, Ships Engineers,
Cleaning\Housekeeping Staff, Steward, Mechanical/Engine Mechanic, Machinist, Equipment Manager, Mechanic, Tower Assembly Worker, Geologist, Fitter/Turner, Plant Operator,
Roustabouts, Painters, Cooks and Stewards, Rig Welders, Derrickman, Driller, Petroleum Engineer, Oilfield Service Manager, Electrical and Software Supervisor, Toolpusher,
Roughneck, Electrician and Electronic Technician, Structural Fitter, Drilling Foreman, Offshore Installation Manager, Welding Assistants, Inspection Manager, Grinder.