Canadian Oil Rig Jobs
Canada is the largest single source for oil imports into the U.S., furnishing approximately 11 percent of the total oil supply for the United States. Since Canada has grown into the world's third largest producer of natural gas and the ninth largest producer of crude oil, the demand for Canadian oil rig jobs has also grown.
To obtain a blue-collar job in the oil rig business, the individual should be a Canadian citizen; however, non-citizens with Canadian work visas may be hired for engineering and science related positions. Furthermore, the salary and benefits are excellent for oil rig jobs. A benefits package will usually include: medical and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, 401K plan, profit sharing plans, and vacation time. The employer will often provide room and board for the oil rig worker since many onshore oil rigs are located in remote areas.
Oil rig workers will work six months, then have six months off. The majority of oil rigs operate 365 days a year, seven days per week. The usual shift length is eight to twelve hours, day or night, with crews rotating work hours. A work team consists of: rig manager or toolpusher; driller; derrickhand; motorhand; roughneck (or floorhand/leasehand); and roustabout. An oil rig will usually have a crew of between 4 and 6 individuals, with 3 to 4 crews assigned to a rig. The oil rig may also use rig welders, radio operators, medics, mud engineers, painters, and electricians.
Sometimes, since many rigs have no towns nearby, the rig contractor will provide a camp for the workers. The camp includes kitchen, dining, laundry, recreation, and sleeping rooms. Therefore, more workers may also stay at the camp--cooks and kitchen help, laundry helpers, and, perhaps more. If required to live in a town, each worker must find their own living quarters; however, the rig contractor will provide a living allowance while the worker is away from home. Of course, an off-shore rig will have the extra workers, as well, since crew members live there for at least six months.
Noble Drilling, EnCana Corporation, and Canadian Natural Resources Limited are only some of the companies in which the individual can research for job openings. Also, the oil rig job seeker can search online on websites, such as the Job Futures Canada website (jobfutures.ca/) and Rig Tech (rigtech.ca/contacts/). Both will provide information and contacts which will help the person who is interested in Canadian Oil Rig Jobs.
The hours are long, the work is extremely hard, and the worker must spend long periods of time away from his or her family. However, since the average salary is $70,000 with salaries ranging from $30,000 to $100,000 and up, many oil rig workers think it is worth it.
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