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How to Score a Job as an Oil Rig Worker

Jul 23 2015 Read 1244 Times

Today the oil industry keeps the world powered, and riggers play an integral role in sourcing the lucrative liquid. As well as being a high status job, oil riggers also enjoy high salaries. So how does one break into the industry? Read on for our guide on how to become a professional oil rig worker.

The basics

An oil rig is a manual platform used to support on-land or offshore drilling. Oil riggers are the employees that oversee operations. In general, schedules usually consist of a two to three week roster, followed by a period of time off. Food and board is usually included, as well as some travel expenses. In the UK, Netherlands and Denmark you’ll need to attain a Basic Offshore Safety Instruction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) certification. Helicopter Underwater Escape Training is also a valuable qualification. In the States you’ll need to apply for your Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).

Meeting minimum requirements

Before pursuing a career as an oil rigger you’ll need to meet some basic minimum requirements. These include being over 18 years old, being physically and mentally fit and flexible enough to adapt to the unusual schedules.  

Mechanical experience

The majority of oil rig workers are trained mechanics that specialise in certain areas. Such skills will seriously boost your chances at securing work. That said, rigs also employ electricians, medics, cooks and engineers as part of the auxiliary staff base.

Use your contacts

If you have any friends, family or acquaintances already working in the oil rigging industry don’t be reluctant to call in a favour or two. Oil rigging work can be incredibly competitive and sometimes it’s all about who you know, not what you know.

Research the industry

To arm yourself with the best possible chance at success take the time to do a little research into the oil industry. Enrol in a college course, browse the web, read industry magazines and generally stay up-to-the-minute with all the latest news and developments. This will ensure that during interviews you can prove to potential employers that you have a genuine interest in the petroleum sector. For example, ‘Next Generation Derived Cetane Analysis: High Precision Enables Refineries to Operate Close to Specifications and Increase Profitability’ is a great read for job applicants wanting to get clued up on the new fuel regulations designed to reduce vehicle emissions and increase efficiency.

Be proactive

If you’re serious about scoring a job as an oil rigger you need to be proactive about applying for positions. As well as responding to advertised positions you should also be cold calling companies and getting yourself out there.

Work your way up

Don’t expect to fall into a high status position straight away. Often oil riggers start off in entry level positions, then gradually work their way up.

Put together a winning CV and cover letter

Just like any other employer oil rig HR departments expect polished CVs and cover letters. Take the time to create professional and high impact documents that showcase your skills, experience and enthusiasm.

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credits: marianne muegenburg cothern

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