Oil Rig Employment - What Do You Need To Do Before You Get Hired?


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Oil Rig Employment - What Do You Need To Do Before You Get Hired?

  1. 1. Oil Rig Employment - What Do You Need To Do Before YouGet Hired?Working on an oil rig is rarely considered a career. Nevertheless, the prospects of workerswho successfully gain oil rig employment are very bright for the coming decade. Demand foroil remains high from first world nations and the gigantic economies formerly third worldnations like China and India are also insatiably guzzling oil as they rapidly move to join theranks of first world nations. Until new oil rigs, pipelines, refineries and depots are built, supplyremains tighter than the world is used to for the past decade.Although prospects for oil rig employment are bright, it does not mean that you can just showup at the doorstep of Shells HR office and expect them to give you a job. It is not as easy assome oil rig employment and shipping sites want you to believe. Oil and gas companies maybe desperate for people to crew their oil rigs, but this does not mean they are going to relaxtheir safety standards. This is not because they are good Samaritans. Most oil companiesare subject to laws of the countries where they operate their offices and their oil rigs. And oilrigs in the middle of the ocean are partially governed by international treaties. Besides, theydo not want some fresh-faced idiot making some mistake and damaging their precious multi-billion dollar oil rig or causing an oil spill which could get them fined billions of dollars. Its justnot good business practice.Most companies do give some form of training. After all, not every oil rig works exactly thesame. Even if you have some previous oil rig experience, they want to make sure you knowthe details of the rig they put you on. Apart from on the job training for your duties aboard theoil rig, you normally also need to have some form of offshore medical certificate, offshoresurvival certificate and helicopter underwater escape training certificate. The exact form ofthe certificates partly depends on which company you work for and where you are deployed.In addition, you may need to have an up-to-date passport, visa and vaccinations.If all of these legal requirements sound pretty overwhelming to you, you should considergetting hired for land-based oil rig employment instead. The perks will not be as good as anoffshore oil rig, but there are fewer dangers and you gain valuable general experience of oilrig jobs. Once you are comfortable with your level of experience, you can switch to theadditional challenges of an offshore oil rig. If you do it this way, it is also easier to figure outwhat other legal requirements and certifications you need to meet. Additionally, youremployer is more likely to pay for your certifications.Demand is hot right now. Make sure your bags are packed, and all your other affairs likeautomated mortgage payments, phone bills, etc are settled. If you applied for an overseasjob, make sure your passports and visa are valid. If you are hired for the job, your boss willwant you moving immediately, preferably within hours of notification. You do not want to be inthe middle of the ocean and then only remember that you forgot to settle your housing orwhatever local tax because you were too rushed for time.
  2. 2. Basically, if you are serious about oil rig employment, get all your required legal certificationsand requirements for your jurisdiction settled ahead of time. The oil industry is hot right now,and employers do not have time to wait for their workers to settle their affairs.More information on the official website:oil rig jobs