SAbout Job-for-Rig-Electrician. I so often I hear from people wanting to get into the offshore drilling industry, and most have no skills or anything else to offer. Yes there are opportunities to get into the drilling industry however you need to plan for this.
I am also a Rig Electrician and so I am going to do my best to give you all the information you require to get into the oil industry, some of you will and some will not, it will all depend on your qualifications, experience and being in the right place and at the right time. Good electrical people are hard to find and like many older hands I started my career in the merchant marine and transferred, these days getting good experience is harder, so good industrial electrical experience is necessary for job-for-rig-electrician
DRILLING RIGS (drillships, semi-submersibles, jack-ups, tenders and barges, land rigs). This is one of the largest offshore oil industry growth areas and there are many new drilling rigs under construction or on order as the oil price soars to 140 dollars a barrel and the hunt is on for more oil resources.
Drillships are usually Dynamically Positioned (DP) and the latest rigs are rated to drill in water depths of up to 10-12,000 feet. There are many new drill rigs on order to various drilling contractors and there are also many opportunities. In general the various drilling contractors are trying to outbid each other for scarce experienced personnel on salaries. Drilling contractors with drillships on order include Transocean, Seadrill, Stena Drilling, Pride International, Frontier Drilling, and others
Semi-submersible drill rigs are either DP or anchored and the latest DP rigs are rated to drill in water depths of up to 10-12,000 feet. There are many new semi-subs on order to various drilling contractors with Seadrill, Noble, Odfjell Drlling, Larsen, Attwood Oceanics, ENSCO, Maersk Drilling, Sevan Drilling, Saipem and a host of others that are all constructing semi-subs.
Jackups are essentially a floating drilling platform that floats into its location then jacks itself with very large legs, above the water and these are commonly rated to drill in water depths of up to 400 feet. There are many new jack-ups (nearly 50) on order to various drilling contractors. Contractors with jackups under construction include Maersk, Rowan, Seadrill, Premium Drilling, Noble Drilling, KCA Deutag, Seawolf Oil Services, Scorpion Offshore, Standard Drilling, Vantage Energy, Thule Drilling and several others
There are many people out there who just want to baffle you with a bit of Bulls#*t and jargon and also to part you with some hard earned bucks to get you a job. Stay tuned to this website for simple, no BS practical advice from job-for-rig-electrician to rig manager
If you want to get an offshore drilling job then at least you ought to know who they have on board a drilling rig and what they do and the average offshore rig. Rig Manager, Toolpushers, Drillers, Assistant Drillers, Derrickmen, Roughnecks (Floorhands), Roustabouts, Rig Mechanics, Hydraulic Engineer, Sub Sea Engineers, Rig Welders, Materialsmen (Storekeepers, Warehousemen). About Job-for-Rig-Electrician