So, you want to get hired for jobs on oil & gas drilling rigs?
Here's good piece of news for all jobseekers:

New offshore oil openings come up every day. The industry is starting to hire again like crazy, and that's an opportunity for you!


The most common offshore oil rig jobs that can be found vacant on oil rigs and offshore oil production platforms because of fast turnover of the workforce this year:

  • Electronic technicians
  • Roustabouts, Roughnecks, Crane Operators, Assistant Crane Operators
  • Rig welders, Assistant Rig Welders, Rig Welder Apprentices, Painters for continuously painting metal parts of offshore oil rigs and oil production installations
  • Scaffolders
  • Offshore Installation Manager
  • Painters - In charge of regularly painting the oil rig.
  • Derrickman - Operates the mud pumps and mud pump room.
  • Driller, Assistant Driller, Derrickman, Toolpusher
  • Motorman, Electrician, Electrical Engineers
  • Jobs in catering and management, entry level, like Cook, Medic, Stewart, Galleyhands

    Some of these maritime jobs require experience, the other can be filled by inexperienced personnel that is expected to learn the things and pick up the necessary skills in course of working from the fellows with experience. Oil drilling rigs and oil production platforms are plentiful across the world, from Norway and UK offshore North Sea to South Africa, Brazil, or the USA and Canada. The offer excellent career and advancement opportunities. Oil & petroleum industry is the place where you make your career fast!

    Working on onshore oil rigs is similar in many aspects to what you are required to do on offshore oil drilling rig because both share the same 4 evolution phases. They are:

    1. Drilling
    2. Completion
    3. Production
    4. Abandonment

    Each of these phases involves performing of the same operations, and therefore that same positions for rig workers are needed to be hired for execution of the same or very similar responsibilities and duties.

    More vacancies than you would expect are available for oil rig professionals with different level of experience and skills!

    Most popular oil rig jobs currently advertised as vacant:

    • Radio Operator
    • Offshore Oil Rig Welder
    • Mechanical Job Position and Employment
    • Other Oil Rig Jobs
    • Drilling Engineer (Aberdeen)
    • Radio Operator
    • Rig Medic
    • Subsea Engineer Assistant
    • Motorman (Offshore)
    • Bosun (Offshore)
    • Electrical Maintenance Technician
    • Offshore Vessel Inspectors working worldwide
    • Toolpusher, no experience
    • Assistant Drillers
    • Electrician
    • Attention! Also both experienced and inexperienced oil rig roustabouts and roughnecks are needed.
    Which means that someone with experience of working on the land based (onshore) can expect to be gladly hired for doing offshore oil rig jobs such as roustabout, roughneck, mudman, crane operator, driller, electrician, motorman, materials man etc. on the lowest level up to installation manager, mud engineer, oil rig manager etc. in top level positions.

    The difference lies mainly with the conditions of the work to be performed, the job on offhore drilling rigs and oil production platforms being much more demanding, not to say dangerous. That's the main reason of the salaries for the same offshore positions exceeding the land based facilities two, if not 3 times. On land you too get good salary, but the main asset that you get while working on onshore oil rigs is the pass you get for getting hired on offshore oil & gas facilities. You will be able to state in your resumé you are in possession of prior experience that is not RELATED, but identical for working on offshore oil rigs or oil & gas production platforms.

    Most wells drilled by rigs are meant to serve as tube for oil extraction from the natural reservoir found deep underneath the surface of the earth in case of the successful outcome of drilling. Provided the natural deposits were hit and the well got equipped for pumping oil, the exploration phase is considered completed. The majority of wells drilled in the process of searching for oil fail to hit the underground oil deposits, but one successful drilling can cover easily all the expenses for having drilled unsuccessfully and brings much profit to the oil corporations. Hence are the big salaries they can afford to pay for all the hired engineering staff and workers involved, including unexperienced laborers like roughneck and roustabouts - without them the drilling is impossible, as you understand.

    As said before, the basic difference between land based and offshore located oil rig jobs within the terms of working there resides with the environment you work in, meaning bad weather conditions, storms that are frequent if you work on oil facility in, say, North Sea or Arctic, and working far away from land (if this is not shallow water drilling) like off shore Mexico, in the Gulf of Mexico. Given the transportation to the patch is by helicopter, you are very close to the continental USA, practically at home. That is provided you are able to sustain 2 weeks without seeing friends and family. If you are employed in deepwater drilling, getting there takes considerably longer time, since it is by ship. Because of this the shifts are longer, up to 4 weeks instead of 2, but the time off on land is longer too.

    OPITO Training

    OPITO stands for Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization

    Fresher, looking for employment on oil rigs? These courses/certifications might be helpful:

    Safety Training Courses for Offshore Oil Rigs

    Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET). This maritime survival training course was found by myself in Louisiana University at Lafayette, tuition price is $US 1071. The course comprises the following modules: SAFETY INDUCTION; HELICOPTER SAFETY & ESCAPE; SEA SURVIVAL; FIREFIGHTING AND SELF RESCUE. Upon successful completion of the course the participants receive an OPITO approved BOSIET Certificate. Details are available at tel.(281)558-5820 or e-mail: OPITO Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) Training is another very helpful course available at the University of Louisiana.

    BOSIET certificate can also be obtained from Texas Engineering Extension Service of the Texas A&M University (can be located at 200 Technology Way College Station, TX 77845-3424); Phone: 979-458-6805.

    Another OPITO approved training provider is Maersk Training located at Aberdeen UK that offers Offshore Survival Courses in Great Britain. OPITO BOSIET + MIST training and certification is offered in groups of 12 participants (less than the industry approved standard of 16 people).
    Maersk Training
    Badentoy Crescent
    Aberdeenshire, AB12 4YD
    Telephone: +44 (0)1224 228 148

    Professional Training Courses for Offshore Oil Rigs

    Offshore Crane Operator course is available from Maritime Training courses run in Croatia by AdriaMare Consulto (Apave Mare) Draga 2 Sibenik22000 Croatia, e-mail To be enrolled applicants are required: current certificate for courses: 1) Basic Safety Training, Radar Observer, Medical First Aid, Advanced Fire Fighting, Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Operations other then Fast Rescue Boats 2) 1 year of service aboard MOU's including at least 2 months as a trainee under the supervision of certified ballast control operator OR holding Bachelor degree from a recognized school of technology plus to prove minimum 2 months of practical experience as trainee under the supervision of certified ballast control operator.

    Another course available from Apave Mare is Rigging and Lifting course for riggers, deck crew, construction, maintenance and mechanical technicians/supervisors and crane operators. Offers everything rig worker needs to know to perform lifting and rigging operations in an offshore environment safely and efficiently, never overloading lifting equipment available on offshore oil rigs and oil & gas production platforms. You might be also interested to check out more of their courses: Basic H2S & BA Course, Ballast Control Operator - MOU, Maintenance Supervisor, Barge Supervisor, Forklift Truck Operator, Helicopter Landing Officer training course, and more.

    The topic to be reviewed soon: CUBA Offshore Drilling Jobs.

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