ENTRY LEVEL JOBS/DECK CREW:

Rig workers

Maintsenance Roustabout - $47,000

Main duties include general upkeep and cleansing of deck area of rig and also painting.

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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.

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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.

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Scaffolders- $57,500

They are not tied to any one rig. They go to different installations depending on where their company has work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mud engineer- $72,500

Is in charge of the drilling fluids being used. She/he will likely have a degree in chemistry and will have a good knowledge of drilling procedures.

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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.

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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.

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Maintenance Forman - $59,000

Responsible for Maintenance Roustabouts work.

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Assistant Crane Operator - $59,000

Is an experienced Roustabout who is also qualified to operate the cranes and will often be next in line for promotion to Crane Operator when a position arises.

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Crane operator - $69,500

Is responsible for all crane operations on the rig and from the supply boats. He is supervisor to his assistant and the Roustabouts.

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Drill Crew

Roughneck - $59,000

Works on the rig floor in a team of three and is responsible for the operation of equipment and machines as required by the particular operation being carried out at that time by the driller. While drilling, one Roughneck is present in the mud process room at all times. He takes mud weights and ensures shakers and other machines are working properly.

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Pumpman (Assistant Derrickman) - $60,500

Assistant to the Derrickman in the mud pump room. Works on the drill floor as a Roughneck when required.

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Derrickman - $65,000

is responsible for the maintenance and smooth operation of the mud pumps and mud holding pits among other machines in the mud pump room. Also assists the Roughnecks when very busy on drill floor and not required in the pump room.

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Assistant Driller- $72,500

Has many tasks to perform most vary depending on particular drilling operation being carried out at the time. He is direct supervisor for Derrickman, Pumpman and Roughnecks.

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Driller - $86,000

Has a high level of responsibility, and is in charge of everything happening on and above the rig floor. He is the man that actually operates the drilling equipment, making the hole in the sea bed. Which is the reason the rig is there in the first place.

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Catering

Steward/ess - $45,000

Assist in the kitchen, clean the accommodation and do the laundry.

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Cook - $59,000

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Night baker - $59,000

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Camp boss - $63,500

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Control room personnel

Barge Engineer - $89,000

Is in charge of control room operations.

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Control Room Operator (CRO) - $65,000

Followed by the entry level personnel

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Assistant CRO (ACRO) - $59,000

Certified seamen from Able to Master Seamen are among the many Mariners on oilrigs, as a result of legislation defining certain Rigs as ships. In the control room of Semi-Submersibles the stability of the rig is controlled. Liquid transfers like diesel and fresh water from supply boats to the rig storage tanks are also controlled here. It is also the control area when the vessel is moving location.

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Electrical department

Electrician - $65,000

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Electronic technician - $74,000

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Chief electrician - $83,000

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Maintenance supervisor (Electrical) - $87,500

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All the above are responsible for the maintenance and repair of all the electrical equipment on board the rig, right down to changing light bulbs. On occasion they may have to work more than the normal 12 hour shift. They can be called out at any time during their time off to fix a major problem. This is rare.There will be times when they will have to work at height. In a work basket, hoisted by crane or air winch. Occasionally they may have to don a riding belt (harness) and get hoisted by air winch.


Rig Management

Toolpusher - $108,000

Works in the rig offices and the rig floor. He also has responsibilities on the main deck. He is usually an experienced driller.

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Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) - ($110,000)

Has often worked his way up through the drill crew ranks. He is in overall charge of the rig. Hence sometimes called "Man In Charge" (MIC).

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Company man/woman - ($160,000);

Is the oil companies on board representative employee. He is not employed by the drilling company operating the rig. On a drilling rig an oil company employee works with the drilling company to supervise its interests, helping the strategy for drilling the well.

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Mechanical department

Motorman($57,500)

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Assistant mechanic($65,000)

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Mechanic($72,000)

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Chief mechanic($80,000)

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Maintenance supervisor (Mechanical)($87,500)

All the above are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the diesel generators and all other mechanical operations on the rig including the rig floor equipment. They carry out regular maintenance on every machine on the rig. On occasion they may have to work more than the normal 12 hour shift. They can be called out at any time during their time off to fix a major problem. This is rare. There will be times when they will have to work at height. In a work basket, hoisted by crane or air winch. Occasionally they may have to don a riding belt (harness) and get hoisted by air winch.

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Subsea engineering

Assistant Subsea Engineer - ($65,000)

Can sometimes be promoted from Roughnecks. More usually from a mechanical background.

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Subsea Engineer ($86,000)

is responsible for the Blow Out Preventer unit and the motion compensation system of the rig among other duties.

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