Naturally accommodations will vary from one oil outfit to the next. But one thing that is a constant – the cost. You don’t have to pay for anything – food, lodgings, and creature comforts are provided. There is normally a medical doctor, and if you have an illness or serious injury you’ll be transported by helicopter.
Your travel expenses will be covered, as well. It is worthwhile to remain on good terms with medical personnel in case you ever need them. Also, you don’t want to make the cook mad .
You should be prepared for an extensive physical – and you may have to lift weights etc. to prove you are in excellent health. Some companies perform a lung test as well (to test your breathing).
Also, be ready to sell yourself. Hey, a little self-promotion is a good thing here. If you can demonstrate that you have a really good outlook (a “can do” attitude), this will likely be impressive to the bosses.
Additionally, you may have to have an MRI or a back x-ray. Just so you can show you’re in good health – this is pretty standard in the oil and gas industry.
Oil and Gas Industry Jobs: Living Facilities and Creature Comforts
On the better oil rigs, you may expect:
TV, VCR or DVD player
Movie night with popcorn
Superior living facilities (internet in rooms)
Certainly, there are exceptions to this rule. There’s a chance you may end up with “less than stellar” accommodations. But even if you do, you’ll gain vital experience – and you’ll move on to a better scenario.
Nearly anyone who wants it can get an oil rig job – this is the case, at least, for able-bodied men & women living in Canada or the United States.
Bear in mind that even for entry level oil rig jobs, you do have to be a minimum of 18 years of age to apply.
Oil Rig Jobs – Advantages
- You only work an equivalent of 6 months a year (2 weeks on/2 weeks off)
No Commute – save on gas AND auto repairs
- No auto upkeep – save on auto repairs
- Save on gas
- Enjoy free meals (4 times a day)
- Have the chance to learn many trades & skills
- Best rigs have top of the line gym equipment, saunas, hot tubs, pool tables
Working in the oil industry can be lucrative, and it is a chance to travel – so if you’re over 18, this may be something you want to look into.