The Rig Mechanic. I have worked in the offshore oil industry for more than 25 years and I am going to attempt and give away to you some no sugar coating pointers on work in the oil industry. If you already work in the offshore oil industry or you are attempting to get yourself a new appointment offshore this site will try and give you clear cut, practical and unbiased tips.
You have to to distinctly realize that it is not as effortless and simple as some oil rig employment websites would have you think. You simply can not walk onto an offshore installation into a new job without some basics in place.
Offshore installations are potentially dangerous places, and safety and safe working practices is what we all live and breathe. For many positions it most definitely is not a training ground for someone who doesn't have basic safety training or skills. Read the book on offshore safety.
In general personnel with a important trade in mechanical or electrical or electronics discipline have the best opportunity at getting a technical job start, however experienced hands is what most companies chase, and that's perfectly reasonable. The offshore world isn't a charity industry, companies expend big dollars and if you want big riches you got to help the company make them.
It is up to you to represent yourself in the most outstanding way possible to prospective employers and give companies a rationale to start you off. The oil field is not for sissies! You need to demonstrate people that you possess a confident and proactive can-do approach. If you are someone who likes everything on a plate and your rear end wiped for you, better stay residence with your mom or the wife.
For those who are not in the offshore petroleum industry and are trying to get a kickoff, do you actually understand what an oil rig is? Most people who send off me emails evidently don't have a clue. If you hanker after to work in the oil industry then it's better to understand the basics to avoid looking like a fool. Here is some fundamental material on the different offshore oil installation types that come under the umbrella and generic designation of oil rigs
If you are after a Offshore Mechanical Jobs position then this will give you some useful information. Mechanics Positions are plentiful in these boom times if you have the right qualifications and experience.
Stay tuned to this website for simple, no BS practical advice from Mechanic to rig manager.
The message submission section on this page is really easy to do, but some excellent advice to help you. I know that there are recruiters sometimes going through these submissions looking for potential candidates. If you need to impress people and capture their attention, then take some forethought with your submittal and make the endeavour pay off. If you put a rough and ready title and a one line poorly spelt or written statement on how to start, what positions open etc it simply will not get posted
On your Title clearly state the position you are seeking i.e Rig Mechanic. Don't add numerous different ones as no one will look at this.
In the body of your message declare clearly what skills you have that may be of use if you are new entrant. If you have any educational qualifications, list them including with a basic summary of important work experience. Going on about how hard a worker you are and how honest means nothing. If you have already invested in all the many required offshore safety certificates, then start with this. Above all do a spell check of the submission, poor spelling and mediocre grammar turns off possible employers. They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. It is very true!
An example for you
Rig Mechanic Position Wanted
I have all the needed offshore safety certificates, medical certificates and passport and I am ready to go to work. I do not have any former offshore experience but I am practised with tools and machinery having worked on various equipment, manufacturers courses and any other helpful machinery maintenance experience (put in plain words this) and have good safety ethic (describe your safety understanding).
State your educational attainments and even sporting achievements and show that you are a team player. If you can think of some other experience or qualifications that have some benefit then say what they are. Put a 100 words or more down and sell yourself The Rig Mechanic.
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