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The ToolPusher

The oil rig manager or toolpusher is the individual who supervises all aspects of the rig, from the crew to the machinery. The entire team depends heavily on the oil rig manager for their safety guidelines, tasks for the day, personnel issues, conflicts and other concerns. In addition, the rig manager is the interface between the oil company and the crew. He will be answerable in case of any delays, issues and disasters. On the flip side he can also claim credit for any key achievements and accomplishments.

Most rig managers get their job after working their way up. They start out as roustabouts and gradually progress up the food chain until they reach this level. Their level of experience is substantial considering they have in all likelihood had a chance to work in most of the functions on the rig. They are also on many occasions right in the thick of things, performing manual labor functions as and when the work demands it. That said, experience alone does not an effective rig manager make. He also has to be an extremely capable leader with the ability to drive a team of individuals towards a common goal.

Some of the roles of a rig manager are listed below:

  • Overseeing and supporting the set up of an oil rig and the closure of it when it is completed.
  • Coordinating and scheduling between different rig crews.
  • Supervision and adherence to all safety precautions and procedures.
  • Ensuring that the rig and crew complies with all governmental, statutory and individual company policies and procedures.
  • Leading and motivating the rig workers and handling any personnel issues that crop up.
  • Planning, organizing and managing the day-to-day activities on the rig with the help of his supporting team.

 In order to become a rig manager, you need to gain a vast amount of oil rig experience, display strong leadership potential as well as build your certifications. Some of the training you would have to complete would be First Aid, Safety, Fall Protection, Oil Field Boiler and others depending on the requirements of the company. Most rig managers have been in the industry for a number of years and depending on their experience and size of rig, can expect salaries starting from $80,000 per year.

Offshore oil worker interview

Stacey Green, an operations manager for Quality Energy Services, has spent the past 19 years working in different jobs on offshore oil rigs.

Green, 39, works with wire line used to lower and retrieve tools and other equipment in oil and gas wells.

Green is not a two-weeks on, two-weeks off shift worker, but works on projects, staying offshore for as few as three days and as long as six weeks.

Green is not affiliated with the Deepwater Horizon, a $500 million rig that caught fire Tuesday night. The rig is owned and operated by Swiss-based Transocean and leased by Houston’s BP.

Green spoke to Chronicle reporter Brian Rogers about general conditions on offshore oil wells.

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Other Positions

While the primary function of an oil rig is to drill for oil, there are a number of supporting roles that are essential for the comfort, convenience and support of the rig crew. While these do not all require a strong orientation toward mechanics or engineering, they are nevertheless integral to the success of the expedition. In addition, many individuals start out their careers in one of these supporting roles, just to gain some experience of working on a rig. After a couple of shifts in such a function, they are able to use their contacts to get into the mainstream roles. Some of the supporting roles are:

Purpose of Offshore Banking

Offshore banking is a field that has been developing fast, especially since the introduction of online banking. There are some countries that are famous for offering offshore banking services especially since they give adequate security and open firm bank regulations. Offshore banking has been associated with money laundering, but here are some of the major purposes that are offered by these banks.

The banks are essential for people who have a lot of assets in regions that are affected by conflict. These clients can take their investments to these banks for security purposes. The investments can be in the form of cash, precious stones or documentation to show that a certain estate belongs to a particular individual.

Offshore banking provides security and adequate privacy to the account holder. Investors are not supposed to let their country know that they have accounts offshore. Investors open an international business company that is generally a line to deposit cash. These investors start an account with another bank other than the IBC account bank to ensure that there is adequate privacy involved.

Offshore accounts in some regions are not charged taxes other than regular custom duties. This makes investors in countries that are heavily taxed prefer this alternative to reduce deductions.

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Introduction to Offshore Jobs

OffshoreJob-rigThe job market is a competitive place and as each industry gets saturated with an experienced workforce, new industries start emerging. A prime example is offshore jobs. Offshore jobs are commonly referred to as jobs that are not on land and neither do they relate to cargo loading  or unloading.

They are usually in the middle of the ocean and in most cases relate to global energy. Offshore jobs also relate to jobs that have been shifted to other locations for economic, cost reduction or skill optimization reasons.

Do you want to go offshore?

offshore rigOffshore jobs no longer involve pulling thundering machinery around platforms in oil-soaked clothes. 


Working offshore no longer involve pulling thundering machinery around platforms in oil-soaked clothes. Today, most oil and gas jobs centre on automated operations, and the heavy machinery is monitored and remotely controlled by advanced computers.

Whether you’re working with a wrench or a dashboard, we require highly skilled employees with a good attitude and up-to-date training to operate the equipment on our units.


Oil rig jobs are quite different compared to working on dry land. After being airlifted by helicopter to your designated drilling rig, you’ll put on your working gear and begin a 12-hour shift. The drilling unit’s catering personnel are around to attend to your everyday practical needs. They handle the cleaning, washing and cooking so when your shift is over, you are free to relax. The leisure facilities differ from unit to unit, but modern rigs are more comfortable than ever. You can spend time in the fitness room, play games with your colleagues, watch movies or simply rest in your room.

Often you will be offshore between two and four weeks at a time (a hitch) followed by a number of weeks at home. Occasionally you will be asked to attend training during your weeks away from the unit. This is one of the ways we uphold our superior standards when it comes to safety and technological excellence – and a way for you to develop your professional skills.


Seadrill first came into being when it acquired the Smedvic Drilling Company in 1915. Since then it has worked hard to be known as a global drilling contractor with a presence in all the leading international regions like the North Sea, West Africa, South East Asia and North and South America.

Seadrill is known for its cost-effective and efficient approach towards oil extraction and operates a fleet of about 41 drilling units. They own all kinds of vessels including semi-submersibles, drill ships, jack-up rigs and tender rigs. They have experience in drilling through both harsh and benign environments, as well as shallow and deep water. Essentially when you work at Seadrill, you get the chance to work in all types of

vessels, regions, environments and water depths, providing you with a holistic and comprehensive learning opportunity.
Seadrill’s commitment to learning and training is quite evident from the number of approaches they adopt. Apart from on-the-job rig training, they also offer their workers development opportunities through theoretical lectures and e-learning portals partly managed by their in-house training center called Seadrill Academy and partly by individual company departments.

Finding a Job

Once you have decided that working on an oil rig is what you want to do, you need to find the best possible employment opportunity. As more and more individuals seek out this life of excitement and adventure, it is become more imperative than ever to ensure you get the right job, from the right employer for the right price. This chapter will offer a guideline into how to find the perfect offshore job.

Types of Outsourcing Companies

In the outsourcing industry there are predominantly two types of companies. One is the captive institution, which is a subsidiary of an international business and the other is a third party vendor. Captive chains are usually set up for quality control purposes and in some cases for data protection. HSBC, a leading global bank has a strong captive outsourcing presence via its subsidiary HSBC Global Resourcing, employing close to 40,000 people all over the world.

A number of companies want to outsource but do not want to invest in their own captive subsidiary overseas. In such cases they work with a third party vendor. Accenture, a world renowned consulting company is an excellent example of a third party outsourcing company. Such enterprises offer a range of services from call center to payroll processing to telesales and so on, depending on the needs of the client.

Work is always a little more competitive in a third party company rather than a captive BPO. However the learning potential is exponentially higher since you get the chance to work with different clients and processes. On the flipside, job security is
better in a captive BPO but there is a tendency to get stagnant in your role since the client is always the same.

The Importance of Quality in Offshore Outsourcing


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The need for quality services in the offshore outsourcing jobs is a major requirement. The reason is simple. The parent company has got a front end job which employs the maximum number of people and this is one of the departments that is responsible for the maximum number of employees in the company.

This department usually is the one that interacts with customers over the phone or online. This is one department that represents the parent company. When a company offshores a job, then the organization that takes the contract must ensure that the customers of the company must be offered quality services so that not only is their loyalty maintained but also their queries are resolved in the first go. Any repeat contacts are cost to the company and also hamper the customer’s satisfaction. Therefore once the quality parameters are established, the first thing that an organization which has taken up the services end of the offshore jobs must do is train its employees thoroughly.

Once all the employees are thoroughly trained is when the offshore company goes into business and most of the customer’s enquires are dealt with in a pre-established format which forms the quality matrix of the job. This matrix is calibrated time and again to ensure that all business parameters are considered.