Working Offshore

Does anyone have any advice about getting into the offshore industry? Currently have served 9 years as a Plant Operator in the Royal Engineers. Been looking at doing a commercial divers course and possibly a welders course but open to suggestions. Any advice on working offshore or courses/jobs to try and get into would be great.
Also would be good to know what the industry is like for hiring right now and wether there is much work around
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Working offshore & getting a foot on the ladder

By blueskies in forum Jobs (Discussion)

[h=6]A couple of other threads on this above.[/h]Diving can be an industry that is not what you know, but who you know, very difficult to get into initially,
Try some of the survey companies as they want and if you know your stuff, can get fairly rapid promotion. Ex WO1 went from back deck to running the whole show in 3 years.
Main thing is to get your medicals and survival in as most companies will not look at you as an untrained person without them.

PM me an email address and I will get some more data, companies to you.

Does anyone have any advice about getting into the offshore industry? Currently have served 9 years as a Plant Operator in the Royal Engineers. Been looking at doing a commercial divers course and possibly a welders course but open to suggestions. Any advice on working offshore or courses/jobs to try and get into would be great.
I'm assuming that having worked as a Plant Operator you must have some understanding of machinery and how it works. If that is the case then why not have a look at doing some of the Petroleum Open Learning courses in "Petroleum Processing Technology" Get half a dozen of the Modules under your belt, your MIST & Survival and then hit the agencies such as Petrofac, Wood Group etc. for a start as a Production Operator/Technician. Every Production Facility needs usually 5-10 of them per crew. (salary £50-70k)

Petroleum Processing Technology Series, polcourses

I don't know of anybody who has gone down this road and has not managed to get a job offshore.
I know the OP stated working offshore but there's some seriously silly money to be made in Alberta up near fort MacMurray if you've got the relevant quals.

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Does anyone have any advice about getting into the offshore industry? Currently have served 9 years as a Plant Operator in the Royal Engineers. Been looking at doing a commercial divers course and possibly a welders course but open to suggestions. Any advice on working offshore or courses/jobs to try and get into would be great.
Have a look at: BEKK Solutions Limited :: operator excavator driver

Do a Gooooooogle search, there are lots of jobs offshore.
I too am thinking of getting offshore when I leave, I'm looking at the drilling side, I'm ex infantry so don't have a trade has such but Im a grafter, and would much appreciate if someone can shine some light on this for me. Many thanks folks

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I too am thinking of getting offshore when I leave, I'm looking at the drilling side, I'm ex infantry so don't have a trade has such but Im a grafter, and would much appreciate if someone can shine some light on this for me. Many thanks folks

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Check the Oil Rig thread out as there's loads of chat on there .... Just go from page 70 backwards for the most up to date bumf .
I too am thinking of getting offshore when I leave, I'm looking at the drilling side, I'm ex infantry so don't have a trade has such but Im a grafter, and would much appreciate if someone can shine some light on this for me. Many thanks folks

Ill try to explain as much as i can as i work for one of the big four (Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Weatherford) in the drilling services.

Ill tell you for a start your army background means nothing and neither does any weird or wonderful qualifications you might have picked up along the way. Thats something you better get into your head right away and as you are infantry as i was the only work prospects that are probably open to you when you leave are unskilled and shitty paid.
Now you can use that as a positive base to work from as you are basically a blank slate that can be trained up.

I suggest that you start getting your feelers out and working on a good cv to send to any prospective future employer right away if you really do want to get into this game.
Dont limit yourself by saying you want to get into drilling as there are other product lines that might interest you even more and be better suited to your character.
Also "Offshore" is ther wrong way to look at it as most of the rigs ive worked on, in fact 90% are onshore and very rarely do we go offshore although we do have a few coming up off the coast of Sicily this year.
I have spent the last four years working on geothermal land based rigs in Europe so its all luck of the draw and all depends on what contracts your employer gets.

I got into the game by a combination of hard work and luck and being in the right place at the right time as my company needed someone who was fluent in a foreign language that i speak and thats how i got hired. Everyone i know has come into the job by a different route and there is no set or classic way in.

You will have to convince whoever you get an interview with that you are a hard worker and also have the smarts to deal with the tech that we use. The hirers look for a well balanced combination of the ability to work hard in shit conditions and be able to improvise and also have an above average iq to deal with the tech that is forever improving and being updated.
Its not rocket science so dont be put off by the classroom side of things because you will have to attend courses and pass the tests and its an ongoing thing and takes up roughly 30% of our time. When a company puts in a tender for a contract they have to include all the qualifications and safety certificates of the rig crews who will be on site and all this has to be up to date, which means you doing refresher courses every two years or so.

When i started out i was put into the workshops for two years to learn all the gear from scratch, i had to unload all the gear coming back in from the rigs and clean all the mud and shit off of it ready for inspection and learn the various components and what they did and cart them off for inspection and then put them all back together again and keep doing this until i could do it blindfolded. When i had mastered all of this i was sent away to do an inspectors course, in fact two inspectors courses as we have to be certified at both EU and US level.
Having passed that i came back and did a few other courses that were specific to my job and passed them and all the time i was doing the same shitty cleaning and putting together of the tools that noobs have to do.
Then i progressed on to buliding up the different BHA,s and getting everything ready for the different jobs and making sure all the sizes and tools corresponded to the well planners job sheets etc.
Then i got to go out on the rigs, a week or so at a time to get used to the enviroment and basically stand in a corner...stfu and watch and dont touch anything.
Then slowly slowly i was allowed to participate whilst being watched like a hawk (not because they didnt trust me but because things go wrong in this line of work very quickly and you can loose an arm in the blink of an eye).
Then when the powers at be decided i was trustworthy and had the right attitude i was taken on full time, this was after two years and thats roughly how long the probationary period is before they have a sit down and discuss wether to hire or fire you. I was one of two people hired and four got fucked off for various reasons.
Thats why they have a two year probation period really because you cant hide your true character for two years.
The reasons that the four got fucked off were all to do with character flaws, laziness,sloppy work ethic etc.

The guy who got taken on with me is no longer in the drilling services as such but now is in the fishing dept which is a bit different.

I like the DS as when we go away there is never really more than two of us and most of the time im on my own which suits me. Some of my mates are TRS people and they all go away five or ten at a time and its like a big school trip with them and none of them would want to work in the DS as the solitary life is not for them.
Different folks different strokes.

Any way i suggest you look up online the big four that i mentioned and try and get your foot in the door with one of them. The benefits are good and although the money is not astronomical anymore its still above average...and also this is recession free work and we have more than we can handle. Its also better to do your training and make your bones with one of the four i mentioned as then your reputation will be good.

Dont let any agencies tell you or sell you their chickenshit courses as they arent worth a **** to be honest, your employer will train you up using their schools and their people to their spec.

Anyway you can pm me if you like and when it gets closer to the time of you hitting civvy street i can give you a few pointers and the address of some outfits in the UK or Europe that may be able to help you.
Evening folks

Im looking at the rigs as a future job like many others on here. I served 8 years as a class 1 royal signals communications systems operater and currently work as a security systems engineer for about 6 years. I have a few questions if anyboby wouldn't mind helping out with.
1. Seems the first thing to do is contact the oil companies, should you just look at the "big 4" or should I be contacting everyone I can get a number for.
2. Will companies take you on with out the relevant safety courses, or should I get myself booked onto these.
3. Could I used my communications experience to get into the ops room or something like that.
4. What would a really rough idea of starting pay if someone did take you on.

Sorry to bombard, would really appreciate some help.
Ill try and answer as much as i can for you from my experience. Ill be as honest as i can but remember i can only give you information from my own experience and im not an oracle or definate authority on the industry.
As i said earlier i came into the job through one of the big 4 who i still work for so i cant speak for anyone else or say wether its the best or worst way to come into this line of work because i dont have any other experience to compare it to. I must also say that i cant go into too many details as we have a company policy about not giving out too much info through social media, but this is mainly to do with pricing and jobs coming up and the posting of pics etc on facebook of the guys ******* around which they dont like as it can give a client the wrong impression of the rig crews and could be taken out of context.

One thing i want to put across and make clear is that your future employer will send you on any safety courses or technical courses they want you to attend and these courses will be specific to the industry and recognised by the industry. Hardly any of the courses that you may think come in handy or an agency want to sell you will count for anything. As i say the company you work for will train you up to their spec using their people and their approved courses.

Another thing that nobody seems to emntion on a few of the threads i have seen on here is drugs, we have RDT's all the time and they come out of the blue (you might get tested fifty times a year or only once but its a reality you will have to accept,swabs,blood and urine tests are all taken at random and you cant get anyone to take your place). Stay away from all recreational drugs and prescription drugs because the industry is lethal in getting rid of anyone who tests positive even for a joint, and once you are out you are blacklisted for life and will never be able to set foot in the compound again let alone on the rig floor. I have seen a couple of guys get fucked off this way and its brutal to see and they were out within 24 hrs and they had years of experience under their belts.
Booze is still tolerated to a certain extent but serious piss artists will also be weeded out if it influences their work or a client complains......(although i know a few Scots who are demon drinkers but manage to keep dry until they get away from the rig).

I would advise anyone to try and come into the industry through one of the big 4. I myself came in this way and it has a number of benefits.
The first is that they have a number of product lines that they can fit you into and if you are a square peg or they have put you somewhere by mistake they can move you somewhere which fits your character and temperament. As i say my job is quite solitary and i like that, other mates of mine hate going away by themselves and couldnt hack that and they prefer to be team workers or part of a all depends on your personality and the company who hires you will be spending big bucks on your training and want to keep you and therefore want you in a job that you are happy with.

Working for one of the smaller outfits means you will have to fit into their team or product line whether you like it or not. For example if you got to work for say Gyrodata you had better like MWD/LWD drilling and have an aptitude for it because if you dont they cant offer much else. Thats the benefit of working for one of the big 4 as they can move you to another product line if they see something in you they like.
This happened to me when i got hired, i was destined for the fishing dept but got moved over to Drilling Services as they saw something in me that fits this line of work, and a bloke i got hired with got moved from Drilling to Fishing.etc.

Another huge benefit of working for one of the big 4 is that when you pass the two year mark you can transfer to the US if thats what you want and its quite easy for industry guys to do with none of the hassle the usual civilians have to go through. The US embassy just stamp all the forms in quicktime and off you go. i know a few boys who are living the good life in Texas and the ******* havent got an o-level to their name.
Also not just the US, you can move about anywhere within the organisation as they are all pretty much global.(i dont live in the UK nor am i based there btw....i moved off to sunnier climes as soon as i got the chance :))
Of course this all depends on your work ethic and loyalty to your company.

Setting out however is a hard route for a couple of years, you will have to eat shit sandwiches every day and be covered in grease and shite from morning till night.
The chances are that they will plonk you in the Drilling/Fishing/Liner/Jar/TRS/Whatever workshops for a year or two and get you to scrape and clean the gear as it comes back in from the rigs. Its ******* mind numbing but you have to know how the tools are made up and they get you at it until you can do it blindfolded.
During this time you will also be attending courses and getting the relevant safety exams under your belt to start out. You will be expected to pass everyhting they make you do with above average marks as well.
You wont even get a sniff of a rig for at least a year (i got sent out after 18 months) and even then you wont be allowed to touch or do anyhting.
Rigs are ******* dangerous places by any margin and they want to get you used to the enviroment, They watch you to see if you will fit into the team and above all to see if you are safe to work with and not some clumsy half asleep clown. As i said in the other post things go wrong quicktime and you have to stay awake and be fully aware for whats going on above, below, to the side, and to the back of you all the time....and all this while you carry out your tasks.
A big emphasis is put on, a massive emphasis is put on safety and half your life will be spent doing safety meetings and courses.

As for the pay, at first its average really. I imagine about £4- £5 hundred quid a week in Aberdeen these days to start off with but as you become better qualified and gain experience you will star getting more money.
This of course all depends on you and you skills. If and when they send you to a product line then as you go away you get paid the rates that your line of work dictates.
Im better paid than TRS or Cementing and Fishing guys when i go away but the Liner and Completion boys get more than me. (The Liner product line is the bets paid of all) The ones who get less though get to go away more so it all works out in the end really. You get paid a basic rate and also a day rate on top of that when you go away.
Although a couple of mates of mine are welders and they have hit the jackpot and never set foot on a rig.
Swings and roundabouts really.

Anyway my advice is to go and camp outside the gates of these people up in Aberdeen and tell them you will make the tea or sweep the floor and basically are hungry for the job. Get informed about the various product lines and read up on them and see what sort of work you would like to dow ithin the industry, because saying i want to go offshore is way to general. Its like walking into the army careers office and saying you want to join the army but give no idea of what regiment or anyhting, its obvious they are going to send you off to be a blanket stacker or some othe mundane shit.
So get as much info as you can is my advice and if you get an interview tell them what sort of branch of the industry attracts you and why. Dont just mumble in like a prune and tell them you want to throw chains round drill pipe and look good etc.
The hirers are looking for guys with smarts and enthusiasm and are always hiring...(and firing if you **** up).

Again remember to keep quiet about your army or service background because there are as many people who hate you for it as admire you for it.
Dont let it define you as a person and be open to learning all about your new trade. It counts for nothing really in this line of work.

I hope thats covered a lot for anyone interested and as i say thats just my own personal experience so dont hold me up as an authority. No two people come into the industry the same way so i can only tell you what i know about and have seen.

Another thing is that experience and loyalty count for everything in this line of work and if you play your cards right you can have the life of riley (like i have, id never imagined that i would have eneded up where i am. I was thrown out of school at 15 and worked on the roofs in S London so if i can do it anyone can)


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The fact you're ex-military is in your favour, particularly because of where much of the ExPro is currently located. Talk to anyone who'll talk to you but particularly target the SME sector - they tend to be full of individuals who want a job doing and are inclined to give it to someone they think can do it rather than the bigger boys with detached HR Departments whose priority tends to be box ticking. That said, shoite HSE is the indelible hallmark of a company in the energy sector that's going to go bust, so don't hook up with cowboys.

Finally, do clever stuff, Third Worlders are far cheaper for everything else. Good luck.
You'd need HR if you dont have a contact name !

Then HR will probably ask you to submit your CV online .

Do some research first so you get to know the product lines ie jobs available .

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