The oil industry

jim4244

Midshipman
#1
Ahoy there!

Any of you lot currently working in the oil or gas (upstream) industry? If so I would like some advice as I am currently in the middle of what will hopefully be a mid life career change and not turn into a mid life crisis! LOL!

I'm a former Bootie, 43 years old, looking at the HSE/Safety Trainer side of things either on or off shore.

Cheers

Jim
 

McCloggie

Lantern Swinger
#2
Hi jim;

I am currently working on an FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) project in Singapore and have been in the industry for about 20 years now. The market for the offshore industry is very good just now.

What do you want to know?

Anything detailed etc, you can always pm me.

McC
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
#3
jim4244 said:
Ahoy there!

Any of you lot currently working in the oil or gas (upstream) industry? If so I would like some advice as I am currently in the middle of what will hopefully be a mid life career change and not turn into a mid life crisis! LOL!

I'm a former Bootie, 43 years old, looking at the HSE/Safety Trainer side of things either on or off shore.

Cheers

Jim
Sort of, I may be able to help out with regard to the safety trainer aspects, I have sent you a link to a company I was with on Tuesday who are expanding rapidly! Work is worldwide and one of the execs is an ex Chief Stoker. I have no idea what the money is like and I can't really offer an in other than some info, it really depends on where you live and where you want to work.

Good luck.
 
#4
McCloggie said:
Hi jim;

I am currently working on an FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) project in Singapore and have been in the industry for about 20 years now. The market for the offshore industry is very good just now.

What do you want to know?

Anything detailed etc, you can always pm me.

McC
I'm looking for a "way in" to a HSE or Safety Trainer post within the oil / gas sector, either on or off shore, anywhere in the world.

I would be gratefull if you would have a quick scan of my CV to see if I have a skills shortfall for the post I am looking at?

Jim
 

McCloggie

Lantern Swinger
#8
Jim;

No problems. PM me either with the CV or for my address and I will have a look.

There are lots of training type jobs available but you have to know the systems you are taining obviously. Safety is a very big part of the business as well - especially in the North Sea where you can hardly fart without somebody saying its a hydrocarbon emission!

So, send us the CV and I will willingly give it the once over.

McC
 

McCloggie

Lantern Swinger
#9
Have not got the actual links with me just now so you will have to google for details, but some agencies who specialise in offshore work:

NES
Fircroft
Air Group
Swift Technical Services
Brunel Energy
Orion Engineering
ODL
VMT
Attrick
Pennant Information Services
Crescent Engineering

FPSO Owners/Operators:

Bluewater
SBM
Prosafe
London Offshore
Fred Olsen
Maersk
Modec
Nortrans
Petroprod

Depending on what your skills are, check out drilling companies (not as a driller but they need mech techs/caterers/maintenance techs/instrument techs etc.

Any questions I will try and answer them, but really you need to look around.

McC
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
#10
clanky said:
I'm interested in working offshore when I leave next year. Why not post some links in this thread?
As you're a stoker(I've always felt sorry for you poor feckers) and I work for one aspect of the industry I thought this might be useful.

One of the parts of the industry that I never understood was what do people actually do on rigs and processing plants aside from the operators? Here are some links that are aimed at apprentices and young people as an introduction to the industry:

ECITB The ECITB is exactly what it says on the tin, the statutary training body for the engineering construction industry, (there's a bit more to it than that but you get the jist) their remit covers everything from the building of the Olympic Stadium, chemical plant construction to Oil Rig construction and maintenance. (do not confuse them with the Construction Industry Training Board - different thing entirely)

TECSKILLS is the new training scheme offered by the ECITB, it is for upskilling/ converting craftsmen of similar trades and can be used to train apprentices (although the next link is the preferred training profile for apprentices using the same standards)

Go Engineer Is a site set up primarily for apprentice recruitment but contains lots of useful info for anyone wishing to enter the industry (such as how a stokers skills might relate to a time served engineering apprentice in the offshore engineering industry - very favourably by the way)

Technical/ Engineering jobs in the industry have unfamiliar names but relate to some service trades:

Plater: sheet metal worker
Welder: self explanatory but may specialise in pipe (weld neck pipes etc) or plate
Erector: steel erector
Electrical Maintenance engineer: self explanatory
Mechanical maintenance engineer: self explanatory
Pipefitter: fits pipes, but doesn't normally weld them! may tack them though.
NDT tester: self explanatory
you also get non technical jobs such as mechanical fitter and electrical fitter.

There are some training providers who specialise in these skills and some are part of the Career Transition Partnership, as a stoker assuming you are mechanical you may want to look at courses in HVAC, lifting equipment, diesel engines/ generators to top up your service quals.

There really is a big skills shortage in the industry especially for the engineering trades, whilst some others struggle to get in I think qualified engineers should find it relatively easy. There are a lot of people trying though, something to do with mechanical maintenance engineers earning c£55000, so get offshore quals like safety and survival and then top up your engineering quals to match the need.

Hope that helps a little, I'm sure offshore workers will be along any minute to correct me on some points!
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
#12
Forgot to mention that companies like Petrofac are always recruiting directly for all disciplines including engineers at all levels, good company to work for by all accounts with opportunity for on and offshore overseas work (good pay and perks).
 
#13
Clanky don't forget the oil companies, Shell BP etc they also have their own safety personnel, this beside the American Companies like Brown and Root, or Mc dermot's who do construction, the list is endless. Some employ a lot of expratriates all over the world.
 

McCloggie

Lantern Swinger
#14
It should be remembered that the big boys (known as the "Operator" or Client to me) such as BP, Shell etc. are often Project based. Hence, on what can be a huge job the oil company input is often minimal until the plant starts operating. Even the design may be subcontracted to specialist engineering houses. Similarly, my present Client will charter our vessel and crew plus our onshore operations team to provvide a going concern for up to ten years so, although the Field could be (say) BP and the project be klnown as the BP XYZ project, all the work is done another company.

In these situations, we rely on individuals who are free-lance (known as Contractors) and work for a day rate for the life of the project through an agency. It is not as bad as it sounds - I have been with this project since 2005!

Even the drilling rigs and FPSOs have a "Core Crew" and catering, medics etc. are agency staff (allbeit long term). Similarly, maintenance crews, scaffolders, painters, welders etc.etc. all come through specialist agencies/sub-contractors.

McC
 
#15
I would agree with McC, the employment path is complex, my son works for one of the engineering contractors, as does my ex brother in law and they also rely very much on a core of 'staff' and then contract the cannon fodder for specific jobs. A mate also works in the industry as a maintainer and he works for a service provider, so tends to do two or three 2 or 3 weeks shifts at one site then moves to another and currently seems to alternate between the N Sea and Azerbaijan. With the current high oil price the oil companies seem to be throwing money at anything that remotely smells like a hydrocarbon so there are many opportunities.

With the money around today if I was a few years younger I could be tempted.
 
#16
McC,Has given a very good outline of how the industry works.
Longstreath.com may be of some help have a look at Sub sea work on this site.
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
#17
I meant to put this on here a while ago but just wanted to check that the scheme was still running, after a visit to Scotland this week I can confirm that it is. Anyone from a technical background can enter this scheme although it is by selection and aimed primarily at re-skilling of Armed Forces personnel to match the needs of the oil industry, I'm led to believe that everyone who has completed the scheme is now fully employed offshore.

RE-ENGINEER
 
#18
chieftiff said:
I meant to put this on here a while ago but just wanted to check that the scheme was still running, after a visit to Scotland this week I can confirm that it is. Anyone from a technical background can enter this scheme although it is by selection and aimed primarily at re-skilling of Armed Forces personnel to match the needs of the oil industry, I'm led to believe that everyone who has completed the scheme is now fully employed offshore.

RE-ENGINEER
My Son mentioned that scheme and said its quite good --they think ex
forces technicians are ideal and prefer them . There are shortages of
technical personnel

As for off shore ---do the course on Safety and Survival . If you have the
certificate you are half way there with job hunting in the oil industry .

:nemo: :nemo:
 

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