Getting into Offshore/Oil industry with no experience or trade.. Can it be done?

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  • trail_rat
    Member

    Get on agencys books

    Every rig ive been on recruts to crews by gettig agency staff in to test them out . Willin to learn , hard working and not doing stupid things will get you hired.

    Premier Icon darrell
    Subscriber

    go speak to a recruitment company specialising in this.

    but yes there are lots of opportunities and not enough people in this business at the moment.

    I am a geologist by the way working in Norway

    london_lady
    Member

    You may want to look at the acquisition boats as well – I know that there are a number of companies who acquire seismic who are recruiting – they should train you as well.

    1981miked
    Member

    Afternoon folks,

    I’m currently employed as an HGV driver, been doing this for 7.5 years.

    I’d really like to get into the Oil industry and work offshore, the career progression, type of work, facing new challenges, learning curve, lifestyle and monetary side of the the job all appeal to me. I know I’d have to start at the bottom as a roustabout/Labourer and I’m totally fine with that. I’d like to work on the drilling deck or be a crane operator and progress from there.

    I know a few people who work in the industry who say it is in a boom (pardon the pun) time just now so alot of companies are recruiting, In fairness I haven’t tried that many companies yet due to work commitments etc, I’m off at the end of the month so intend to try a good few then. But every company I have tried has said “no sorry, we are looking for experienced people”.. Which I obviously can’t get if nobody will give it.

    I have my required safety courses booked for the coming months but as they have a expiry date I’m wondering if it is worth spending the money if there will be no job prospects..

    Any help or experiences would be greatly appreciated as always.

    Mike.

    1981miked
    Member

    Thanks for the info so far folks, I haven’t had a chance to check this as I have been busy.

    Got my CV updated and a covering letter, when I get back home I’ll get them all sent out.
    Got a list of 10 drilling companies to try and some agencies so fingers crossed.

    Also got a good lead from a guy I work with, he said this company recruit people with no experience. Hard work is one thing I’m not afraid of, I am very keen to learn and further my career. Just need a company to give me a chance.

    London-lady.. Any chance of emailing me some further details?

    Mikedonald@hotmaildotcom

    winston_dog
    Member

    You may find it easier to get a start in Offshore Wind, money isn’t as good but may possibly lead on to the Oil and Gas work.

    Without being disrespectful, I know that there are plenty of companies who have employed people with no real experience, just a basic rigging certificate. Some complete idiots to!
    On top of your safety certs this may be a good place to start – Slinging and rigging

    1981miked
    Member

    Thanks Winston, I’ll look into that. I have heard there are a number of idiots working in the industry. However I intend to keep the head down, avoid these people and work hard.

    Hoping that will see me move on and progress fairly quickly.

    winston_dog
    Member

    A mate of mine started as a roustabout about 12yrs ago. No skills, qualifications or experience.

    He’s a Driller now, out in the Far East, so it definitely can still be done.

    1981miked
    Member

    That’s the plan. Damn sure I’m not driving lorries for the next 30+ years.

    london_lady
    Member

    1981miked – YGM

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