Rig workers – Roustabouts, Roughnecks, Welders, Truck Drivers, Warehouse Workers, Derrick Hands, Tool Pushers, On-site Safety Officers, Cleaners, Painters, Crane Operators and all sorts of other rig workers are needed on oil rigs around the world. Now is a great time to move into a great career in a great industry.
With the global demand for oil expanding and lots of people coming up for retirement, the oil and gas industry is in desperate need of people who have a strong work ethic, good punctuality, able to take direction, and work as part of a team. Rig workers do the tough jobs and you need to be willing to get dirty, work long hours doing hard, physical labor (you’ll have to be able to lift 50 pounds [22.75 kilos] or more). These are not glamorous jobs but they pay extremely well, have good benefits and usually work 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off.
Most jobs require a high school education or better and as to experience, some don’t need any, some jobs need 1+ years. With many of the available jobs, there is on-the-job training for those who want to gain new skills and move up the ladder.
Depending on the job you’re looking for you could be:
• A roustabout or roughneck operating equipment on the rig, doing general maintenance, cleaning and painting work, providing the necessary equipment to the rig floor, etc.
• A crane operator dealing with the rig’s crane operation and maintenance,
• An assistant crane operator guiding the crane and moving loads around the deck,
• A roughneck assisting on the drilling floor,
• A rig worker maintaining safety and production standards,
• A safety officer making sure everyone is complying with safety procedures and the work place is as safe as it can be,
• A head cook or baker cooking and providing the meals these hard working people need,
• A steward or galley hand maintaining the accommodation areas of the rig and helping out in the kitchens,
• A huge variety of professionals doing the jobs that all rigs need such as accountants, managers, engineers, or any one of the scientific jobs required to help find and extract the oil or gas, etc., etc.
Even without professional qualifications, you can start at $65,000 or more per year and as you learn more, gain experience, you move up the job ladder and the pay scale.
The industry is losing well qualified people as the “Baby Boomers” reach retirement age. Those people who have the skills, trades and courage to try something different can find a challenging and satisfying job being among rig workers of every description both on land and offshore.
So get your resume ready and start applying for some of the best paying jobs on the planet.