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Entry Level Jobs

This page lists positions available where it is possible to get a job without previous offshore experience. Having previous experience offshore will usually make finding a job much easier.

Some jobs require skills and qualifications as appropriate. For example to get a job as a rig welder you will need to be a skilled and qualified welder.

click here to complete your Resume / CV Maintenance Roustabout ($47,000); main duties include general upkeep and cleansing of deck area of rig. Also painting.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Roustabout ($54,500); main duties include guiding the crane as loads are moved about the deck, supplying equipment to the rig floor as requested and keeping pipe deck and main deck areas clean and tidy. Will also assist Roughnecks on the drill floor when required. This usually only happens when the Roughnecks are too busy to get a meal break. The Roustabout will get his meal, then go to the drill floor allowing one Roughneck to get his break. Then each Roughneck swaps out until everyone has eaten. Roustabouts are often members of the stretcher party.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Welder ($62,000); Two types, first is the rig welders. They are permanently on one rig and carry out all day to day repairs and building of new metalwork. They are always busy. When there is a big project often a squad of welders are hired to finish the job quickly. These guys move from rig to rig wherever their company has a contract.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Scaffolders($57,500); are not tied to any one rig. They go to different installations depending on where their company has work.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Radio operator($62,000); Probably the easiest job in the world. Good money if you can stand it. Bring plenty books. However, it is a vital job.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Medic($69,000); They are rarely doctors but have a high level of medical training. Some are former nurses. On some smaller rigs they double up as a Rig Safety & Training Co-ordinator (RSTC). They are responsible for the upkeep of the Sick Bay and the medical stocks. Issuing medicines like a pharmacist. Most rigs now carry out medical checks on all employees every six months or so. Keeping of rig medical records. The rig also has designated first aiders in every crew.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Rig Safety & Training Co-ordinator (RSTC)($80,000); Some say, this is a well paid job for the amount of work involved. There is a lot of responsibility. A job for someone who is a good communicator, good organizational and computer skills. You will also require full knowledge of the offshore safety laws and company policies.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Mud engineer($72,500); is in charge of the drilling fluids being used. S/he will likely have a degree in chemistry and will have a good knowledge of drilling procedures.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Materials man/woman(Storeman/woman)($59,000); Responsible for the maintenance of the stores and stock ordering and receiving. Must be computer literate. One drawback of this comfortable job is that on smaller rigs with only one store person they sometimes have to get up at all hours to check the cargo coming off the boat.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Painter($57,500); Given his work from the Barge Engineer, the Painter is responsible for the rig painting program. Like the Forth Road Bridge it is a never ending job. Often working at heights with scaffolding safety harness and or work basket hoisted by the crane. Usually builds his own scaffolding. May have an assistant, especially if the rig does not have a Maintenance Roustabout squad.
click here to complete your Resume / CV Motorman (Mechanical Department)
click here to complete your Resume / CV Electrician

See also subsea and management.

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