I Really Want to Work on the Oil Rigs, But have No Experience
Oil rig work in the UK, or anywhere else for that matter, is a dangerous occupation. If you’re thinking about getting an off shore oil rig job, be sure you know what you are getting into.
Experienced or no experience, you need to be comfortable working around heavy moving machinery and working high up in the oil rig scaffolding.
I don’t point this out to frighten you, in many ways, oil rigs are very safe places to work because of the heavy emphasis on safety and the very regular inspections of the machinery required because of the extreme environment the rigs operate in.
Entry Level Oil Jobs
Just because you don’t have any experience in the field don’t let that kill your dream of finding one of many entry level oil and gas jobs. Many people have found it’s still possible to hire onto offshore oil or gas rigs without any oil industry experience.
The two most popular oil rig drilling jobs are roustabout and roughneck; these are the entry level jobs people try to land, with or without experience.
Your chances of getting hired are always better if you’ve had some training and there are many good petroleum industry training programs that lay out the basics of oil platform jobs, along with an introduction to ensure you know exactly what you’re getting into. Statistics bear out that joining one of these training programs pays off. They last 8 weeks at the most and if the training has been completed, 97 out of 100 graduates quickly find job placements.
Other Oil Rig Jobs
If you are interested in landing one of many oil rig jobs but need to find a less physical job than the roustabouts or roughnecks do, you may want to look into working in catering or housekeeping. The position of steward or stewardess is one of the less strenuous positions on an oil rig and requires no previous experience. In this oil rig work, you’ll have to serve meals, help out in the kitchen and work with the laundry. If you want to be a cook or kitchen manager you’ll need previous restaurant experience but not experience on an oil rig platform. The catering crew is often well-respected and liked by the other crew members since food is one of the few pleasures available when you’re living on an offshore oil rig. Gaining experience in catering can lead to a very satisfying career.
Because jobs on an oil rig are quite hard and often dangerous, the oil rig companies try to make the time spent on the rig as nice as possible. For example oil rig workers may live in accommodations similar to a fine hotel even though its out in the middle of the ocean. All the costs of food, room, laundry and travel to and from the rig are covered. Many rig jobs have a 30/30 day rotation which simply means you work 30 days on and then have 30 days off. Work that out with a calendar and you’ll find that’s half the year off!
Jobs On Oil Rigs No Experience - Catering – Roustabout