170 (Infrastructure Support) / 64 Wks Gp RE

#1
Afternoon folks,

I have recently passed selection to join the TA. Went forward for RE and combat engineer and it looks like that will work out, unit funding permitting...

Anyway, the point of this post is that one of the staff sergeants on the weekend suggested that I should consider Petroleum Fitter (?) as a possible option due to my background quals and experience. I can find little/no info on this other than a short summary on Army web site. From what is on there, I think it could be a good option...

I have 2 engineering degrees (BEng Chemical and MSc Petroleum) and have worked in the oil and gas industry for 13 years, the last 5 as an offshore operations supervisor in the N. Sea.

Could anyone point me in the right direction for more info or even confirm that I'm not barking up the wrong tree here? I am working on the basis that I would need to complete training up to end of combat engineer anyway??

Any info gratefully accepted!
 
#3
Check you PMs OpsSupper. If you live near Nottingham then I know the very man you need to speak to.


C_of_J
 
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Clerk_of_Jerks said:
Check you PMs OpsSupper. If you live near Nottingham then I know the very man you need to speak to.

C_of_J
Have done and replied (I think....)

Thanks for the info. I don't live that close to Nottingham but am pretty flexible in most cases. I guess that's one of the aspects I'll need to consider overall.

Ta
 
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as has been stated already you are a shoe-in for a cimic posting , with the greatest of respect to the pet fitters , the course will teach you the square root of **** all , apart from kit familiarisation, which you would probably pick up in a few days anyway. why dont you try something else instead of going on a busmans holiday . there is plenty of other varied and interesting courses in gods chosen corps . just a thought.
 
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welldonethengas said:
as has been stated already you are a shoe-in for a cimic posting , with the greatest of respect to the pet fitters , the course will teach you the square root of * all , apart from kit familiarisation, which you would probably pick up in a few days anyway. why dont you try something else instead of going on a busmans holiday . there is plenty of other varied and interesting courses in gods chosen corps . just a thought.
I guess I'm still finding my feet with all of this. Only passed my selection a few weeks ago so about as shiny as it gets I suspect.

I take your point and I suppose the answer is 'don't know' I was always going RE and combat engineering looked to be a good chance to do some 'hands on' engineering which is something I miss in the day job more often than not. It was one of the instructors on the selection weekend who suggested I would be better suited for something more specialised. It's an area of the Engineers I know very little about, hence the post / question. When I initially looked into joining, there didn't seem to be a lot of different role options from a TA perspective. Practical limits around distance to unit not withstanding.

Whether it's a busmans holiday is possibly the start of a whole different debate. One of the points that came up a lot at selection was whether you were transferring your existing skills into the TA or going a totally different route and which was the more appropriate. No right answer probably but I do want to be 'useful' and try and contribute something back.
 
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i know that the skills gained in your ops role are transferrable , you will be in demand believe me.
it is good that you want to give something back. you sound as if you are joining cause you miss time on the tools , the practical aspects of the job and for a bit of a challenge. i know how long you will be stuck in your office everyday doing reams of shite paper work , risk assesments, permit meetings etc. etc. .it is up to you to decide if you want to transfer 1 office for another, as the cone heads will ,quite rightly, milk you for all your worth knowledge wise. you will be useful in oggying because of years of practical solutions to common engineering problems you will have seen and used on the platform.
anyway enough of that shite . Oggying is for real men and all coneheads suck cock for bingo money. have fun mate whatever you do
 
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welldonethengas said:
i know that the skills gained in your ops role are transferrable , you will be in demand believe me.
it is good that you want to give something back. you sound as if you are joining cause you miss time on the tools , the practical aspects of the job and for a bit of a challenge. i know how long you will be stuck in your office everyday doing reams of shite paper work , risk assesments, permit meetings etc. etc. .it is up to you to decide if you want to transfer 1 office for another, as the cone heads will ,quite rightly, milk you for all your worth knowledge wise. you will be useful in oggying because of years of practical solutions to common engineering problems you will have seen and used on the platform.
anyway enough of that shite . Oggying is for real men and all coneheads suck c*** for bingo money. have fun mate whatever you do
Thank for that (I think?)

Just to show my newness.......What's a conehead?? I think I got oggying figured out but the army takes slang and acronmns to a whole new level. I thought oil industry was bad FFS.
 
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welldonethengas said:
i know how long you will be stuck in your office everyday doing reams of shite paper work , risk assesments, permit meetings etc. etc. .
Have you got a webcam in my fecking office?? Either that or you finished digging the tunnel and escaped to something better........
 
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I challenge anybody not to squeal when they have a 350lb Bailey ramp dropped on their foot from an unjacked bridge! Walking back from Hawley to the Med Centre smarted quite a bit as well.

I never left the room open either!
 
#18
Hi i was with a combat engineer unit for years and transfered to 170 at the later end of my TA career i would recommend doing the field engineering first for a few years then move over to 170 when you feel you ve had enough of been a knocker both units were excellent to serve with but had different roles and attitudes. More camaraderie in the field squadron and team work as they all get to know each other because of the drill nights and usually more training weekends (DO NOT START BLEATING ON ABOUT CUTS OTHERWISE THIS THREAD WILL TURN INTO A MARDY ARRSE THREAD LIKE ALL THE OTHER TA THREADS AT THE MOMENT) :roll: . More focussed on your civilian trade in 170 and certainly not as much camaraderie as they don t meet up as often as a normal field squadron. My TOP TIP is to keep 170 at the back of your mind for later on when you fancy a change. Most of all enjoy your time with the TA i know i did the present situation will all blow over eventually :D hope this is a help
 
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deefadog said:
Hi i was with a combat engineer unit for years and transfered to 170 at the later end of my TA career i would recommend doing the field engineering first for a few years then move over to 170 when you feel you ve had enough of been a knocker both units were excellent to serve with but had different roles and attitudes. More camaraderie in the field squadron and team work as they all get to know each other because of the drill nights and usually more training weekends (DO NOT START BLEATING ON ABOUT CUTS OTHERWISE THIS THREAD WILL TURN INTO A MARDY ARRSE THREAD LIKE ALL THE OTHER TA THREADS AT THE MOMENT) :roll: . More focussed on your civilian trade in 170 and certainly not as much camaraderie as they don t meet up as often as a normal field squadron. My TOP TIP is to keep 170 at the back of your mind for later on when you fancy a change. Most of all enjoy your time with the TA i know i did the present situation will all blow over eventually :D hope this is a help
Thanks for that chap....

I think I'm going to have a good look at my options and see what comes together in the new year. Almost into November it's probably too late into the year to start buggering about now.

In the most part I'm a pretty positive guy so the current uncertainty isn't going to put me off any...
 

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