Most people are aware of what electricians do for a living, or at least we have a vague idea. But did you know that electricians are also required on oil rigs?
Needless to say this is a very different job from the type you would do if you were working for householders in a town or village. The electrical systems in place on an oil rig will be far more complex and numerous than those found in the average house!
But in a sense some aspects of the job are the same - they just occur on a larger scale. For example the electrician on an oil rig will still be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the various systems required on the rig. The jobs they tackle could be anything from minor and simple ones to large and complex ones, but in all cases the rules of working with electrics must always be adhered to.
Working as an electrician in this environment is very different from working in this same job on land in a more traditional setting. For starters oil rigs are not the most pleasant places to be. You might be working in a very cramped space one day, and the next day you will be out in the open in the middle of the rig and exposed to all the conditions the weather can throw at you.
You can probably see why you would get paid more as an electrician on an oil rig! The conditions make the job less desirable to a lot of people. Since the shifts will very likely be long ones and you will be away from home for some time, it is understandable that a higher salary will be offered to attract more people to the job.
The other aspect of this job that attracts some people to it is the fact that it is very varied in nature. You might be installing a new system one day and performing maintenance tasks the next day. One minute you will be in a hot small space doing some much needed wiring and the next you'll be on deck in the elements.
If you like the versatility and unique nature of this role as an electrician, you will be well suited to thriving in this environment.
There are several job hierarchies in the oil industry. The lowest job on the team of rig employees is the roustabout. Roustabouts are unskilled laborers who are just learning their trade in the oil industry. Their primary job is cleaning and maintaining the oil rig. Roustabouts are responsible for moving...