Judging by my mate’s recent experience, who is a medic/nurse, all offshore staff will need the industry-standard sea safety/survival/immersion training course before they can leave the mainland. After that, qualifications specific to the trade he/she wants to work in?Posted 5 years ago
Bosiet , mist , full medical and drug test and thats just to get a chopper to the rig.
If hes willing to travel to places like africa – no bother getting a job as a field operator of some kind to pick up a trade.
Once in to industry its pretty fluid to move about.
Its a small world – dont piss folk offPosted 5 years ago
If he doesnt have a trade or a ticket he will be likely telt to poke it
Offshore tickets cost about 2k …. Unlikely to get it paid for him if he has nothing to offer company.
How old….. Deckhand possible way in – might if he is lucky be able to pick up a job there if not really old.
Wireline ops always popularPosted 5 years agojambalayaSubscriber
His bold statement is a bit general. If he means with “no specific experience I could get a menial offshore job” then perhaps he’s correct. One imagines he’s learnt something in the forces that might be useful and the Offshore company may offer hiim the job and train him up including on the safety stuff before deploying him.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I work in an engineering consultancy, some of my friends left to work offshore and earn big money.
One ended up on some sort of acid cleaning tug that floated arround in the south china sea doing 12on12off shifts on an 8/2 rotation (and the 2 was regularly canceled if they arrived back late or had to leave early to avoid storms).
I don’t think there a huge amount of demand for bus drivers offshore, he could re-train as a helicopter pilot as that’s the most comparable job, but then the guy working at the shell garage down the road is about as close to being an operator.
There’s no such thing as free money, in most well paid jobs there’s either barriers to entry (training, experience) or the jobs are just plain shit. Offshore seems to be both.Posted 5 years agoscottbutterworthMember
I work offshore and do so by accident which I think is the case with most people out there. as for working for the actual oil companies eg. shell BP it almost impossible as most of the work is subcontract Im a nechanical engineer by trade which helps as for ex forces they do fit good into the industry as they are used to being away from home having said that it all depends what your trade is easier trades to go offshore with are riggers scaffs for army types, but as said in earlier posts you need survival, mist ,medical trade qualls then hardest of all a start not an easy industry to break into, and yes it is a small industry where everybody knows each other (over rated)Posted 5 years agoeuans2Subscriber
I’ve been thinking of going off shore ever since I left the Royal Navy (I was an aircraft engineer) doing the sea survival courses wouldn’t be an issue and I would just fund that myself, however I don’t have the first clue where to look for actual jobs. Anyone got any ideas or tips?Posted 5 years ago
euans2- no jobs on shore for aircraft engineer?
i don’t know about you, but the most tedious times at sea were anchored off somewhere and never moving, ……off shore is a permanent version, unless you work on supply ships..
All the stress of being cooped up, with non of the fun , that’s my take anyhow, then again matelots were always different 😉Posted 5 years ago
it really depends what kind of rig it is.
been on some that are nothing more than the equivalent derrick and a portacabin jacked up in the ocean with ultracrap food. Off shift you just sleep and watch movies
how ever the other extreme is transocean barents in norwegian waters was like a floating 4 star hotel – how the other half live
and everything inbetween. I run completions so never a dull day once they get us there at the last minute unless im waiting on my chopper outa dodge and its foggy.
Oilcareers – oil and gas people – rigzone and service companies own websites are good places to look for jobs.Posted 5 years ago
sure, its not going to be monotonous for everyone, and if you lucky to be moving round a lot that’s great, but for many of the more humdrum occupations it would be well paid prison. My mate who does still occasionally go offshore(rope access) dreads it because of the petty racism , reactionary types he has to work/live with.
At sea we used to get to let off steam,runs ashore etc,but on a basic rig it must be like a living hell in some cases
and nowhere to ride yer bike……. 😉Posted 5 years ago
A few things to consider…
The money is not as good as you would expect, unless your able to offer specific in demand experience and expertise. Menial work is especially not well paid at present and competition for such work is high.
To get into much of the low level menial work your expected to train yourself and put yourself through the relevant courses… this is great for the company’s offering the courses but in no way guarantee’s you work (This is a bug bear of mine… some of the Muppet’s I’ve seen pass these courses have no place being in a chopper or on a platform/rig).
Being away from home on platforms or desert camps does not suit everyone. Many people only last a hitch or two when they discover that it’s hard/boring/not-paved-with-gold/interferes with personal life etc. Can be like prison… or worse if your stuck in a Saudi land camp for two months with no english speakers!
Nepotism is rife and in my experience a lot can be about who you know. If you can get a way in through a friend/relative/referral it can help a lot. Some companies like to employ ex-forces. I can think of one company who had many ex-submariners as service hands… the bloke in charge came from that background and used his contacts to fill positions. Another company was mostly ex-forces aircraft mechanics.
I look back and wonder how I got in? I have a degree in engineering, and my way in was to take a technical, but low paid job, with a mental amount of travelling to crap holes of the world for a few years. I was young and single at the time… no way would I do that now.
As above… not much call for bus drivers… but there will always be demand for mechanics.
It can pay to think laterally and take a long term view when looking for work. The oil companies themselves pretty much only go graduate or experienced hires so you have to go for service companies. Competition is high for the good offshore roles and companies will often promote good staff from within. i.e. you have to prove yourself in the base before you get considered for out into the field… although if your too useful in the base you’ll never be allowed to go.
Good luck.Posted 5 years agojfletchMember
The oil rig mechanic performs daily prophylactic support checks
sorry, i just read this far and thought “you need to stick a rubber johnny on your head and inflate it?WTF kind of job is that?”
That is just someone who knows what the word prophylactic means trying to have a laugh at people who don’t and ending up sounding like a knob.Posted 5 years agoftr1873Member
Having just moved into an offshore job, I wouldn’t say that is the case in my experience. You have to show some sort of suitable experience and qualification for the role you’re applying for. I hear a lot of the old sweats moaning that it’s getting far too professional now! I think there is still good competition for jobs and the better companies can afford to be picky. Fortunately I was offered a job without my offshore certs providing I passed my offshore survival within a set time period after the offer, that made it easier to part with the cash.Posted 5 years ago
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