Working on an offshore oil/gas rig might seem like a tough life to some. It may also seem like that you wouldn’t be getting much out of it. The reality however is a lot different, in fact most rigs will have accommodation that matches up to a four or five-star hotel in terms of facilities even though it is in the middle of the ocean. If you do really want to get into this industry you should learn for yourself what the industry is like without relying on second hand information.
Through the course of this article I shall attempt to share with you a brief overview of what life on a rig will be like. Some of the jobs that are available on a rig include tool pusher, driller, Rig medic, floor men etc. floor men being the lowest class still makes close to fifty thousand USD a year. Depending on the level of skill that is required for the job certain specialized jobs will end up paying you a lot more. This is because you have to deal with more specialized gear, for an example subsea landing string.
As such you can see that it is a very lucrative job. There will be opportunities of travel abroad available as well to countries like the USA, the UK, Nigeria Saudi Arabia etc. In addition, with how shifts in the industry works you get more than half the year off in total.
You will be provided with equipment such as boots, hard hat, safety glasses, overalls etc. that you require to be engaged in the job. When working on a rig you need to always be very mindful of your surroundings and keep in mind everything that was taught to you in terms of what to do in an emergency. For an example knowing how the safety valve or digital pressure recorder operates in some of the heavier equipment is very important. If you want to smoke, there are separate smoking areas where safety matches will be provided. You should also keep in mind that as a rig functions 24 hours a day you might have to do few night shifts from time to time as well.
Equipment on board a rig is always tested to see if it is safe to use and then marked so. You should never try to use something that has not being marked so. You will be putting not only yourself in danger but everyone else as well. It goes without saying that you can’t take any drugs, flammable items, alcohol etc. Rules have been set in place for the safety of everybody. At the end of the day the job can get a bit monotonous at times but with the breaks you get in between it won’t be as bad as you think it would be.