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Offshore Drilling Worker Careers

Offshore Drilling Worker Careers

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Work Environment:

Derrick men, drillers and assistant drillers work in offshore-facilities, like drilling platforms, or oil or gas rigs.

Derrick men work twenty to thirty meters above rig-floor onto a platform joined to derrick (pole which supports drilling-equipment). As a derrick man, you'd work with assistant driller and driller. Your tasks would comprise:

  • keeping derrick
  • maintaining and operating mud-pumps, and overseeing mud-pump operators
  • stacking and handling segments of drill-pipe
  • controlling hoisting and lifting equipment to place drill

Being a driller you'd control drilling rate, and administer drilling team. Your job would comprise:

  • ensuring that entire team work as per health and safety regulations
  • handling and monitoring equipment which lowers and raises drill
  • monitoring operations at drill floor
  • maintaining records of drilling procedure
  • linking segments of drill pipe, and supervising fabrication of drilling-tools
Assistant drillers organize activities at drill floor, e.g. by sending information and instructions from driller to drilling team.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

Your age should be eighteen or above for offshore work. You might need to get through with medical checkup as component of recruitment procedure.

To be an offshore drilling worker, you might not necessitate any qualifications. Though, it's common to get into this profession by a scheme of Traineeship. Companies often want trainees to hold 4 GCSE grades (A to C) with Mathematics, English and another related subject like design and technology, or science.

Check the websites of Upstream Oil and Gas Technician-Training, Cogent, and ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry-Training Board), for further details regarding Traineeships.

You'll discover it helpful to hold work experience into engineering, shipbuilding or construction, if you're not getting into this field by a Traineeship. A forklift-truck license can be useful.

You'd have about work experience for 2 years as a roughneck and roustabout, before turning into a derrick man.

Training Details:

You should accomplish an offshore-survival and fire fighting course (recognized as emergency-response training), or BOSIET (Basic offshore-induction and emergency training).

Few companies might give BOSIET-training, although it's common to obtain it before getting job offshore. For information about acknowledged training providers, see the website of OPITO.

Once you begin working, you'll get training onshore (recognized as green-hand training), including:

  • banks-man slinging (utilizing hoisting machinery)
  • operating at height
  • manual-handling
  • working securely
  • helideck and helicopter safety
  • dealing with dangerous materials
You'd obtain additional short training courses related to specific work, like rigging and operating cranes. You can get vocational qualifications, given as below:
  • First Level SVQ into Offshore Drilling-Operations
  • Third Level SVQ into Offshore Drilling-Operations (for assistant drillers and drillers)
  • Second Level SVQ into Offshore Drilling-Operations (for derrick man)
For further details regarding offshore qualifications, contact Cogent.

Skills and knowledge:

  • capability to work at heights
  • readiness to work and stay away from house
  • physically fit
  • capability to work and stay as part of group
  • an understanding of health and safety measures
  • excellent practical abilities
  • capability to comprehend instructions
  • excellent leadership abilities

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Trainees can get about $13,000 to $21,000 annually.
  • Based on experience, derrickmen may receive around $26,000 to $32,000.
  • Assistant drillers and drillers may get about $31,000 to $52,000 annually.

Working Conditions:

You'd work and stay on platform/rig for 2 to 3 weeks, and after that 2 to 3 weeks rest-period onshore. You'd work for around twelve hours daily, on shift scheme.

You can work in fixed production-platform or on small mobile-rig. Facilities could comprise recreation areas, living-accommodation and canteens. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.

This work could be physically challenging, operating at heights and in all kinds of climate conditions. You'd have to put on protective outfits, such as thermal-boiler suit, harness and ear protectors.

Different Opportunities:

You can discover work chances with drilling and maintenance firms, or operating firms with their production exploration licenses.

By experience you can advance to rig-manager or tool pusher. Numerous companies work all through the world thus you can work abroad.


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