Beyond.ca

Registration is free! Car Forums - Member Rides Car Forums - Find other members Car Forums - Calendar Car Forums - Frequently Asked Questions Forum Rules and Regulations Car Forums - Search Logout
Beyond.ca - Car Forums : Powered by vBulletin version 2.3.9 Beyond.ca - Car Forums > Lounge > Careers > How'd you get your foot in the oilfield door?!


Author
Thread
dsilvia89
Newbie

Location: medicine hat
What I drive:
Posts/Day: 0.04
Trader Rating: (2)
User Rating: 94%


How'd you get your foot in the oilfield door?! quote:

Hey Beyond,

So recently I decided, I wanted to head out to the rigs and work some long hours for some good money.

I am currently a second year Automotive Service Technician. I enjoy it, but everyone I know works the rigs and have stupid amounts of money, people 2 years younger than me (Im 21) have put 25,000+ deposits on houses..

Im still living cheque to cheque to get by.

ENOUGH with the sob story though. All my friends give me for advice is hand out resumes.

But theres gotta be a better way. Ive handed out resumes to every company in my area (Medicine Hat). I have my class 5, no criminal record, decent drivers abstract, high school diploma, Im certified in electrical theory and diagnosis. I understand I dont have any tickets or class 1, and thats what they want...but how did everyone i know get those certifications through their work AFTER they got hired.

Any input is appreciated.

__________________
Cheers to a fresh start!

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:08 AM
dsilvia89 is offline Click Here to See the Profile for dsilvia89 Click here to Send dsilvia89 a Private Message Find more posts by dsilvia89 Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
 
ercchry
Fourth Gear

Location: calgary.ab.ca
What I drive: 79cx500 01UCF31
Posts/Day: 1.63
Trader Rating: (6)
User Rating: 99%


quote:

take all your safety shit, drive to nisku, say "heeey, im not a drug addict and im reliable" ... be ready to start in a week... but there is also seasons for this. and i couldnt tell you if now is the time.

if you have friends doing it. it should be a simple referral

__________________

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:12 AM
ercchry is offline Click Here to See the Profile for ercchry Click here to Send ercchry a Private Message Visit ercchry's homepage! Find more posts by ercchry Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
dsilvia89
Newbie

Location: medicine hat
What I drive:
Posts/Day: 0.04
Trader Rating: (2)
User Rating: 94%


quote:

Yeah, unfortunately Nisku isnt an option.

I am more than willing to work away from home, doing shift work. Although I cant relocate.

I have had 2 referalls, but nothin came of it.

__________________
Cheers to a fresh start!

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:21 AM
dsilvia89 is offline Click Here to See the Profile for dsilvia89 Click here to Send dsilvia89 a Private Message Find more posts by dsilvia89 Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Cos
Fourth Gear

Location: YYC
What I drive: 3 Fords, One NA, One S/C, One Turbo'd
Posts/Day: 2.20
Trader Rating: (17)
User Rating: 100%


quote:

Originally posted by dsilvia89
Yeah, unfortunately Nisku isnt an option.

I am more than willing to work away from home, doing shift work. Although I cant relocate.

I have had 2 referalls, but nothin came of it.



If you are in the Hat. Drive to Brooks and do the same thing.

__________________


Originally posted by codetrap
Ignorance can be educated, crazy can be medicated, but you can't fix stupid.


Originally posted by Ecofx86
I love it when I'm rolling baby coal out my eco!

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:22 AM
Cos is offline Click Here to See the Profile for Cos Click here to Send Cos a Private Message Find more posts by Cos Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
ercchry
Fourth Gear

Location: calgary.ab.ca
What I drive: 79cx500 01UCF31
Posts/Day: 1.63
Trader Rating: (6)
User Rating: 99%


quote:

i dont know anyone that actually relocates though. you are out for 2-5 weeks at a time on site then you just drive back for a week or two of down time. its pretty rare to do field work that is 9-5

__________________

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:23 AM
ercchry is offline Click Here to See the Profile for ercchry Click here to Send ercchry a Private Message Visit ercchry's homepage! Find more posts by ercchry Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
My_name_is_Rob
Neutral

Location: All over
What I drive: 1wd, 2wd, AWD
Posts/Day: 0.06
Trader Rating: (0)
User Rating: 98%


quote:

Nisku, or even other central Alberta companies should be an easy in. Then again, southern sask is pretty busy these days too I think.

On a side note, depending on how long the winter stays relatively cold, breakup occurs when everything starts to melt, and that usually means slow downs, and possibly lay offs depending on the company.

Like previously stated, having at least a couple safety tickets wouldn't hurt your odds. It would show that you are serious about this kind of work. And they are good for around 3 years.

What kind of "rigs" are you trying to get into? Service side? Drilling?

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:26 AM
My_name_is_Rob is online now Click Here to See the Profile for My_name_is_Rob Click here to Send My_name_is_Rob a Private Message Find more posts by My_name_is_Rob Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
dsilvia89
Newbie

Location: medicine hat
What I drive:
Posts/Day: 0.04
Trader Rating: (2)
User Rating: 94%


quote:

If you are in the Hat. Drive to Brooks and do the same thing.



I never thought of this.

I'm gonna book off Monday and that! Great idea.

Nisku, or even other central Alberta companies should be an easy in. Then again, southern sask is pretty busy these days too I think. On a side note, depending on how long the winter stays relatively cold, breakup occurs when everything starts to melt, and that usually means slow downs, and possibly lay offs depending on the company.

Like previously stated, having at least a couple safety tickets wouldn't hurt your odds. It would show that you are serious about this kind of work. And they are good for around 3 years.

What kind of "rigs" are you trying to get into? Service side? Drilling?



Anything that pays good. Service and Drilling rigs both pay close to the same according to NAODC.

__________________
Cheers to a fresh start!

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:30 AM
dsilvia89 is offline Click Here to See the Profile for dsilvia89 Click here to Send dsilvia89 a Private Message Find more posts by dsilvia89 Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
woodywoodford
Neutral

Location: Great White North
What I drive: Car
Posts/Day: 0.29
Trader Rating: (0)
User Rating: 100%


quote:

Also services ie Trican. If you could get on with tricans frac crew in red cliff you could easily make 6 figures in no time (they also have cement and coil in brooks)

Last edited by woodywoodford on 01-17-2013 at 03:04 PM

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 04:59 AM
woodywoodford is offline Click Here to See the Profile for woodywoodford Click here to Send woodywoodford a Private Message Find more posts by woodywoodford Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
dsilvia89
Newbie

Location: medicine hat
What I drive:
Posts/Day: 0.04
Trader Rating: (2)
User Rating: 94%


quote:

Also services ie Trican. If you could get on with tricans fraction crew in red cliff you could easily make 6 figures in no time (they also have cement and coil in brooks)



I applied at Trican just over a week ago now.

I'll try them in brooks when I go.

Do you go back to the place you dropped off a resume, and ask if it had been looked at or anything like that?

__________________
Cheers to a fresh start!

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 05:17 AM
dsilvia89 is offline Click Here to See the Profile for dsilvia89 Click here to Send dsilvia89 a Private Message Find more posts by dsilvia89 Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
FraserB
Second Gear

Location: Paperwork Mountain
What I drive: Built ZJ, GMT900
Posts/Day: 1.19
Trader Rating: (9)
User Rating: 99%


quote:

I would get your First Aid and H2S Alive, get stack of resumes, get the PPE required, have a bag ready to go and go door to door and just tell them what was said above and you're ready to go. Are you in fairly decent shape, able to lift heavy shit and have no issue working in filthy conditions?

__________________
See Crank. See Crank Walk. Walk Crank Walk.

Originally posted by TomcoPDR
First dibs sniffing bras panties when dirty girls bring their cars in.

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 05:27 AM
FraserB is offline Click Here to See the Profile for FraserB Click here to Send FraserB a Private Message Find more posts by FraserB Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
dsilvia89
Newbie

Location: medicine hat
What I drive:
Posts/Day: 0.04
Trader Rating: (2)
User Rating: 94%


quote:

Besides having h2s, first aid, and ALL PPE I am ready to go.

__________________
Cheers to a fresh start!

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 05:33 AM
dsilvia89 is offline Click Here to See the Profile for dsilvia89 Click here to Send dsilvia89 a Private Message Find more posts by dsilvia89 Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
RX-7_TWINTURBO
First Gear

Location: Calgary
What I drive:
Posts/Day: 0.17
Trader Rating: (4)
User Rating: 100%


quote:

Originally posted by dsilvia89
Besides having h2s, first aid, and ALL PPE I am ready to go.


Translation: I have none of the required tickets or equipment necessary, but someone hand me a job on a silver platter k thx.

Seriously, go spend a few days on courses. H2S is mandatory and without it your resume will be thrown in the trash.
$135 h2s - 8hr course
$150 First aid - 16 hr course
most company's have a staff PPE purchase program with significant discounts. this is the only purchase that you could maybe put off until you are hired.

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 05:50 AM
RX-7_TWINTURBO is offline Click Here to See the Profile for RX-7_TWINTURBO Click here to Send RX-7_TWINTURBO a Private Message Find more posts by RX-7_TWINTURBO Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
btimbit
First Gear

Location: SE Calgary
What I drive: '07 Suburban
Posts/Day: 0.66
Trader Rating: (1)
User Rating: 100%


quote:

Hell, you could even do those courses online

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 06:13 AM
btimbit is offline Click Here to See the Profile for btimbit Click here to Send btimbit a Private Message Find more posts by btimbit Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Supa Dexta
Third Gear

Location: AB/NS
What I drive: Farm Tractors
Posts/Day: 0.90
Trader Rating: (8)
User Rating: 100%


quote:

No you can't ^

Most places require H2S alive, not awareness.. And I don't know of any online first aid - like level B that most require.

Doors closed... Shits gonna slow down big time.

__________________

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 06:14 AM
Supa Dexta is offline Click Here to See the Profile for Supa Dexta Click here to Send Supa Dexta a Private Message Find more posts by Supa Dexta Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
vengie
First Gear

Location: calgary
What I drive: Runs on recycled dinosaurs.
Posts/Day: 0.30
Trader Rating: (10)
User Rating: 93%


quote:

From my experience, first aid is not required but would be an asset. Instead get your PST (petroleum safety training) and H2S.

Also, right now there is an abundance of applicants WITH their tickets. A company won't want to invest that cash into you without a guarantee you'll be around in 3 months. Get your tickets and show you're serious.
Nisku is your best bet to get on with a drilling company that will work through breakup. Everything in southern sask stops as their is zero ground disturbance in sask.

If you're primarily in southern Alberta your best bet is service rigs as there is a ton of well servicing on old wells. However, service rig hands work way harder than a drilling rig, so be prepared for that.

H2S and PST and you'll be working in a week.

__________________

Originally posted by max_boost
Continuous improvement my friend. Get the degree, get a job, acquire experience, acquire knowledge, acquire currency, acquire bitches, keep moving forward.

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 06:16 AM
vengie is offline Click Here to See the Profile for vengie Click here to Send vengie a Private Message Find more posts by vengie Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
ExtraSlow
Second Gear

Location: Calgary
What I drive: 2012 F150 EcoBoost
Posts/Day: 0.97
Trader Rating: (17)
User Rating: 103%


quote:

My advice, is to get onto driling rigs if you can. The work is better, and often safer.

__________________

Originally posted by chathamf
I hate you all.

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 07:05 AM
ExtraSlow is offline Click Here to See the Profile for ExtraSlow Click here to Send ExtraSlow a Private Message Find more posts by ExtraSlow Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Tram Common
First Gear

Location: Calgary
What I drive: Nissan 200SX
Posts/Day: 0.23
Trader Rating: (2)
User Rating: 94%


quote:

... and show up in Dunlops, riggers dun' loves Dunlops.

__________________

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 07:19 AM
Tram Common is offline Click Here to See the Profile for Tram Common Click here to Send Tram Common a Private Message Find more posts by Tram Common Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
CompletelyNumb
Neutral

Location: Calgary, AB
What I drive: Big Lifted Trucks
Posts/Day: 0.16
Trader Rating: (1)
User Rating: 100%


quote:

Get your PST, H2S and first aid with CPR.

Buy steel toe boots. I use the green dunlop boots year round. Just wear thick socks in the winter :p

Drilling rigs work 7-7. So you know how much you're going to make every day.

Service rigs work like retards. I've worked 20 hour days before. Not sure if thats changed in the past years.

Both will be slow as hell march thru june.

The time to get hired is after that. Right now it will be tough, it's not busy like it used to be. Rig count is decently high though. so with the usual turnover you should be able to find work. (http://www.caodc.ca/statistics/rigc...ing_weekly.html if youre curious about how busy rigs are)

Brooks and Nisku are your best bets for drilling. Dont need to relocate, just go on a rotation and come home for days off.

Service rigs will pick you up at your front door. Not sure what there is in the hat.

Trican/weatherford/etc will never make you as much money. But the work is easier. Dont ever go cementing.

__________________

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 07:42 AM
CompletelyNumb is offline Click Here to See the Profile for CompletelyNumb Click here to Send CompletelyNumb a Private Message Find more posts by CompletelyNumb Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
woodywoodford
Neutral

Location: Great White North
What I drive: Car
Posts/Day: 0.29
Trader Rating: (0)
User Rating: 100%


quote:

^ I cemented for a few years... it's not *that* bad. sure some days you're balls out, 3 days without sleep, whatever, but then other days you do a 2 hour job half an hour out of town and then you're off for a couple days, until you come up in the rotation next. I was young (19) though so really doubt I could cut it anymore. I got old and lazy haha.

Tip for job hunting: don't look like a dog fucker. Seriously, that'll shut you out right there. Don't wear any of those fancy horn rimmed glasses, don't do your hair, don't show up in slacks or loafers or whatever. Show up looking like you know what you're doing, know how to work and wanna get dirty.

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:09 PM
woodywoodford is offline Click Here to See the Profile for woodywoodford Click here to Send woodywoodford a Private Message Find more posts by woodywoodford Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
kdwebber
Neutral

Location: Calgary, Ab
What I drive:
Posts/Day: 0.07
Trader Rating: (5)
User Rating: 98%


quote:

Originally posted by dsilvia89
Yeah, unfortunately Nisku isnt an option.

I am more than willing to work away from home, doing shift work. Although I cant relocate.

I have had 2 referalls, but nothin came of it.



Why is Nisku not an option? The extra 2 hours from the Hat to Calgary is going to be the deciding factor if you can work on the rigs or not? That makes absolutely no sense.

Like everyone else has said get some tickets and get your ass up to Nisku ASAP.

Report this post | IP: Logged

Old Post 01-17-2013 03:09 PM
kdwebber is offline Click Here to See the Profile for kdwebber Click here to Send kdwebber a Private Message Find more posts by kdwebber Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
The time now is 05:16 AM (GMT) Post New Thread   
 
Last Thread   Next Thread



Show Printable Version | Email this Page | Subscribe to this Thread


Forum Rules:
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
HTML code is OFF
vB code is ON
Smilies are ON
[IMG] code is ON
 

Google
 
Web beyond.ca

Terms of Use - Contact Us - Advertising Info - Archives - Car Blog

Powered by: vBulletin Version 2.3.9
Copyright ©2009 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited.

Bringing Car Enthusiasts together in discussion on our car forums

Page Statistics : Page generated in 1.74881196 seconds (8.15% PHP - 91.85% MySQL) with 41 queries.
0 days 0 hours 0 minutes until 2010 F1 Season Begins!