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The Arctic Region

The Arctic region is known for its freezing temperatures, high winds, little or no sunlight and never-ending whiteness. A little less known fact is the amount of oil lying underneath it all. It is estimated that the 13% of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30% of the world’s undiscovered natural gas lie in this region making it one of the most exciting prospects for oil companies.

The interesting aspect about drilling in the Arctic is that the oil is not located in deepwater. It is just 500 meters below the surface. However the conditions are extremely harsh since it is all comprised of sea ice. In addition, environmental groups strongly insist that given the region’s lack of accessibility, responding to disasters and mishaps like oil spills can be impossible or extremely complex.

Totally 8 different nations share the rights to the Arctic region’s 30 million square kilometers and each of them have different stands with respect to oil exploration. On the Russian side of the Arctic, BP is in negotiations with the government to proceed with their oil drilling plans however this got waylaid after the Gulf of Mexico mishap. Negotiations have now been revived.

On the US side, Shell had obtained the rights to begin exploration but after a number of protests and challenges were posed by Alaskan native and conservation groups regarding clean air permits, Shell has deferred its drilling plans to 2012.

Norway on the other hand was proceeding full steam ahead until environmental groups forced them to defer plans until 2013, after the next elections. However with their reserves in the North Sea fast depleting, they are expected to move forward sooner than the other countries.

One thing is certain about drilling in the Arctic. It is an eventuality given its massive potential. A total of 90 billion barrels of oil is expected to lie underneath. However given the strong resistance by so many nations and interest groups, many believe that the only way it will ever progress is through deliberate and fruitful international negotiations.

Pride International

Pride International is another extremely well respected company based out Texas. It is known in particular for its ‘high specification drilling solutions’, which makes it the contractor of choice for a number of global oil companies all over the world. They have a presence in over 15 countries with close to 25 drilling rigs. They largely use drilling platforms for their work and at present are constructing a number of new drill ships off the coast of Korea.

As employers they are known for their strong commitment to workforce safety, development, training and progression. Their compensation and benefits program tops most of the competitors and many who have worked there have good things to say about their open and honest communication approach. They are also known to encourage a comfortable and equal opportunity oriented work culture that attracts many likeminded and hard working workers.

Ensco acquired Pride International on 31st May 2011 and currently any career opportunities you hope to achieve in this organization will have to be routed via Ensco. Ensco has been described in detail in the preceding section so combined; the two make an excellent place to work.

Summing Up

For many the charm of working offshore lies in the prospect of international travel. Conversely most of the workers who exit the industry do so because they are so far from home spending much of their time in the middle of the ocean. That said, it is an irretrievable and unchangeable component of working in this industry so unless you are willing to travel to these locations and work under the demanding conditions that they impose, this is certainly not the career for you. On the flipside, many oil workers today relish the opportunity to visit new and exciting locations, places they never dreamed of visiting in their lifetimes. As oil exploration extends to new frontiers, the prospect of visiting new continents and regions will always be one of the key reasons for new and existing workers to serve in the oil drilling industry.


Oil Rig Motorman Jobs

An oil rig functions with the help of a variety of machines all of which have to run continuously and seamlessly in order to support the crew. The oil rig motorman’s job is to keep all the machines running smoothly by oiling and lubricating all the relevant parts and ensuring they are functioning as per their specifications.

Oil rigs use a variety of machines depending on either diesel or electricity to support the extraction of oil. Equipment is used to lower and extract the drill from the drill hole, another set of machinery is used to rotate the table that in turn rotates the drill bit; and still more equipment is used to circulate the mud, which is used as drilling fluid. If any of these machines were to malfunction or get damaged, it would severely hamper the productivity of the crew. The oil rig motorman’s job is to ensure that this never happens.

Apart from spending their time on the engines, the oil rig motorman also performs a number of additional tasks, some of which are listed below:

  • Train, mentor and oversee the more junior manual workers like the roughnecks and roustabouts.
  • Support the other rig workers in their roles as the demand arises.
  • Maintain all the machinery by periodically lubricating it and servicing it.
  • Examine certain machinery parts like the tongs, which are used when connecting the spinning chain and the drill pipe.
  • Ensure the stores are well stocked with replacement parts and bits. This includes ordering replacements when required.

The oil rig motorman should have a strong interest and flair for mechanics. Once again, attention to detail is vital as well as a positive team player attitude. Most roughnecks are promoted to this role after completing a certain number of years of experience and backing it up with a number of supporting certifications. It is very rare for a new entrant to grab this type of job without having any previous oil rig experience. The salary of this function ranges from $45,000 to $60,000 per year.

Advantages of an Outsourcing Job

There are a number of advantages associated with working in an outsourced role:

  • You don’t need to be highly skilled to get a job. Entry-level positions are available for individuals with minimal qualifications and zero experience. Since this is an industry plagued with high attrition, jobs are always available.
  • What makes outsourcing jobs so appealing is usually the pay. Companies are prepared to offer excellent sums of money for jobs that require minimal skills.
  • BPOs can only survive if the quality of service they provide is excellent. This is why they devote huge sums of money towards training and developing their staff. Once you get onboard, you can be sure that you will develop a number of useful skills that you can utilize throughout your career.
  • Most outsourcing companies are well-established entities with a robust career progression chart. You can immediately see where you are headed and good workers tend to grow really quickly, moving up 3 levels in as many years.
  • When you work for an outsourcing company there is an excellent potential to travel abroad during the process of knowledge transfer. Some individuals even get the chance to work for an extended period at the host site and help with the transition.

Why Check on Offshore Banking Investment Proposals?

When one opens and offshore account, one is offered many opportunities of investment. The offshore jobs involving offshore banking entail that the money that you deposit must be used in an investment that the bank recommends for the sake of a much higher interest. However, give that the minimum amount for most of the offshore banks is a huge sum, you run a risk of running into losses given the amount at stake. Whatever investment suggestion is made, you should always research on it and only then agree to it.

The reasons are simple. There are times that the investments that are being proposed might run into a rough weather if you study the industry broadcasts and trends. These procedures requires specialist assistance and therefore never shy away from investing a little more to find out everything about the investment plan and only after the study of the viability of the plan is when you should agree to it. This is a proactive measure that would help you save a huge amount in times to come.

The procedure is simple and the specialist assistance should be from an organization or an individual that has made its name in the industry for its accurate research oriented approach.


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Salary Expectations

The different roles that exist on a rig crew have been discussed in detail in an earlier section of this book along with the salary expectations of each level. It has been represented below once again as a summary.

  • Toolpusher: USD 80,000 to USD 135,000 annually
  • Roustabouts: USD 33,000 to USD 45,000 annually
  • Roughnecks: USD 33,000 to USD 45,000 annually
  • Oil Driller: USD 17 to 25 per hour
  • Derrickhand: USD 37,000 upwards annually
  • Motorman: USD 45,000 to 60,000 annually
  • Mud Man: USD 72,000 annually
  • Geologist: USD 80,000 to USD 120,000 annually
  • Company Man: USD 80,000 to USD 120,000 annually
  • Crane Operator: USD 65000 upwards annually
  • Storekeeper: USD 45000 annually.
  • Rig Mechanic: USD 50,000 annually.
  • Rig Mechanic: USD 55,000 – USD 65,000 annually.
  • Barge Engineer: USD 69,000 annually.
  • Ballast Control Man: USD 55,000 annually.
  • Catering Roles:
  1. Camp Boss-Bears: USD 45000 annually.
  2. Head Cook or Head Chef: USD 45000 annually.
  3. Steward and stewardess: USD 30,000 annually.
  4. Bakers or Night Chefs: USD $45000 annually.
  • Subsea Engineer: USD 60,000 to 80,000 annually.

At the very minimum you can expect a salary of USD 33,000 if you have zero experience. With experience and skills development in more intricate roles, the potential for growth and consequently salary increments is substantial making this an extremely lucrative career opportunity.

Stena Drilling

Stena Drilling, based out of Sweden, is quickly gaining importance as one of the world’s foremost independent drilling contractors. A wholly owned subsidiary of Stena AB Gothenburg, it has grown over the past 20 years by acquiring well established rig companies like Houlder Marine Drilling and Ben Line Steamers. Currently they have a number of exciting operations based out of all the oil drilling hotspots of the world including the US, North Sea, West Africa, the Mediterranean and Australia. Thanks to its commitment to innovation, the company has become known for some of the most cutting edge technology and rig conversions making them a company to watch out for in the coming years.

As employers they believe in training and developing their rig workers so as to retain the talent and expertise that gets generated. They have a strong mentorship program, which works wonders in getting entry level and middle level workers up to date with the latest technologies and trends in this exciting industry. They are known to be competitive paymasters offering all benefits as per industry standards.

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.

Read more at: Chron