There are always qualified first aiders onboard who will assist when required and are generally members of other crews. Throughout your employment offshore, you will have to remember the importance of the work environment and safety is the most important aspect. All crew are trained on equipment checking procedures and knowing which equipment is tested and ready for use.
While working offshore is challenging and is considered to be a dangerous profession, the rewards are in line with those dangers. Offshore oil rig jobs are sought after because of the high pay and extended off-time. Many of the crew instant that landing their first rigging jobs required knowing the recruitment strategies and getting their application in front of the right people. Once you have established yourself in the industry, you can advance quickly and earn a substantial amount of money with few qualifications.
Is it really possible to find an oil rig job with no experience? I think you'll find the answer is not only yes, it is easier than you can imagine. Let me explain.
A few years ago I was in high clover. I had graduated from high school and got a good job at a local factory in the machine shop. We were making parts for brake systems in new cars. It wasn't working on a boring assembly line, I worked with the department that fixed the equipment.
Then the stupid recession started. All three of the big automobile manufacturers laid off workers. Nobody was buying cars and it looked like two of the three US auto companies might go out of business. If they couldn't sell cars they didn't need to make more new ones. If they weren't making new cars, they sure didn't need brake parts.
I got laid off.
I was able to go on unemployment but we weren't in the union so I didn't get any other help. I tried looking for another job but didn't have any luck. Lot's of people were looking for jobs.
For six months I felt like I was on vacation and just hung around the house. Unemployment checks weren't covering the bills and my credit cards were slowly building up. I had to find a job.
I thought about going back to school, maybe a tech school that could teach me how to fix computers but with damaged credit, I couldn't get a loan. I sure didn't have enough in my savings account to cover it. (I didn't have enough in my savings account to buy a six pack). I didn't really like school anyway. I would much rather work with my hands.
I had a buddy tell me he had heard oil rigs pay pretty good. I thought, "The world is always going to need more oil" so maybe this would be a good career move. That was the best decision I ever made.
Oil companies are always looking for more oil and building new rigs. They needed people to build the rigs and drill for oil. There are more jobs than there are people to fill them. Here is how it works.
You start out as a roustabout. This is a common labor job. Offshore work
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