Oil Roustabout Workforce Market
Regardless of different limitations set on drilling oil offshore recently, deepwater drilling never stops, and new oil wells are being drilled continuously in different locations, including the Gulf of Mexico and other busy offshore oil and natural gas exploration and development areas. All wells that had been drilled previously or those in the process of being set up remain operational, which is in fact good piece of news for oil rig workers and job seekers seeking to obtain an entry level job such as roustabout on offshore oil rigs. The need for inexperienced workforce is greater currently than ever!
If you take qualified and educated workers/employees that work on oil rigs and speak to them, you'll get the firsthand confirmation that be it electrician, or welder, or scuffolder, motorman or derrickman, or driller, all of them will tell you that getting job on offshore oil drilling platform is primarily all about experience. Even if you used to work performing the same welding, drilling, scaffolding etc. on land, in order to get a position on oil rigs you'll need additional training due to the specifics and high standards all maritime workers are required to adhere to. It's much harder to secure your very first job placement on oil rigs than actually working there. Even if you are looking for employment in auxiliary trade like catering, you all the same will have hard times convincing the contractors to give you a chance to prove yourself. Quite surprisingly, the competition is considerably lower for applicants that have neither trade, education, training or even experience. The guys I'm talking about are roustabouts. Though inexperienced, they still have much bigger chance of getting employed with good salary and benefits alike. Applying for position of a roustabout is the easiest way of getting your foot in the door of so lucrative working in oil and gas industry, provided you are physically strong, emotionally stable, daring, responsible, and highly motivated individual that feels he's not afraid of working long hours at sea. It's often working in bad weather and sometimes in the dangerous conditions that is associated with the work on offshore oil rigs.
Roustabouts Are in Great Demand on Oil Rigs, No Experience Needed
What is Roustabout, anyway? To make long story short, roustabout work is the job where you mostly do hard manual labor on offshore oil rig. It's not just most common entry level job on oil drilling platforms, but also one with greatest turnaround of workforce, because it can be not just physically demanding, but by times exhausting. Roustabout is both the dirtiest and the most strenuous work on the oil rigs. With the responsibilities and duties that include a long, if not endless list, roustabout is basically responsible for maintenance work sort of helper to roughneck.
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Painting, cleaning deck, guiding cranes, tugging heavy hoses, assisting to fix all kinds of mechanisms and even being ready to act as rig medic's or welder's helper is what you must be emotionally ready to do on the first call. There are many strong and tough guys out there trying their chance for the first time and then deciding working on oil rigs is not for them. Reasons for quitting may be different, but here's one reason not even to send your resumé (CV) to potential employers. That's if you feel you are not eager to learn new things from others while working. You are supposed to pick up skills as you go.
Yes, you got it right. Roustabout is the only job on sea oil rig that requires no training before your starting to perform your service duties, just a brief instructional course on the minimum things life safety rules and working ethics among rig workers. The existing training programs for roustabouts aren't taken seriously by the majority of the oil companies, unless these are the training courses in a form of briefing on the site in course of work. Work hard, don't talk too much, listen carefully, don't ask extra questions, and never complaint. Should you turn out a quick learner and be willing to take one of many courses right on the oil rig (they hardly can be called roustabout or something like that training programs), you may very soon found yourself promoted, and not to what would logically be, roughneck position, but to crane operator assistant, materials man, assistant welder etc. You may even make up your mind to take a break and go to a college in order to get education needed for working in oil rig management or administration, and that without risk of loosing your employment with the oil industry. Once with experience of having worked on the oil drilling platform as roustabout, you'll find your next employment on oil rigs with ease.
Some of the major contractors and recruiters in oil and gas industry
Transocean. One of the largest offshore drilling contractors, operates a modern fleet of mobile offshore drilling units to help clients find and develop oil and natural gas reserves worldwide.
Contractors hiring for oil rigs in Nigeria
Ocean Rig. Owns and operates 2 drilling rigs: Leiv Eiriksson and Eirik Raude and the 4 drill ships: Ocean Rig Corcovado, Ocean Rig Olympia, Ocean Rig Poseidon and Ocean Rig Mykonos. All 6 units have been designed for Ultra Deep Waters and Harsh Environment. The next 3 Ultra Deepwater drillships are currently under construction in Korea, and are expected to be put in operation starting 2013. This contractor is currently seeking suitable candidates for Crane Operator, Toolpusher, Assistant Driller positions; Rig Electricians who have worked on a land rigs in similar position.
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