June 2010


We talked to a young fellow who has been working in the oilfields for 5 summers now and asked what to expect on your first couple of days at work. ” It’s a different work attitude. Not sure where everything is and you can feel the fast pace. Once you settle into your job, they guys/gals make you feel like family. These guys will show you the ropes and make it fun to. It reminds me a lot like college. The best thing is your getting paid great money.” While talking I can see the fun pranks they pull on one person. One of their employees always misplaces theys keys to one of the trucks all the time, so they showed him a way of remembering. They tide a 9 foot beam to the end of the key and placed it in the ground. He climbed the beam to get the key down while staff and bosses cheered him on. It shows that you might not get into trouble always losing the keys, but they will sure try to help you remember them for next time. I have to admit is was quite funny.

It’s not all fun and games here, but I can see they need to make it fun to break up a long days of work. “We all look forward to our days off for sure. We try to go to the closest town for a couple of drinks and unwind. This is also a great way to get to know each person out side of work. To this day, I am still friends with a couple of guys I worked with 3 years ago and was invited to his wedding.”

It shows you working in the oil fields is not just about the great money you can make and all the benefits, but the people you meet and the experiences. Take your time when applying, and check out all job postings.

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BP announced on Monday that they will be recruiting summer students to help with the oil spill clean up in the Gulf. The pay is to start around the $20.00 per hour US with NO benefits. They will supply accommodations, meals and uniform. This was release after BP went online to say they are “sorry” with what had happened. Now they are putting their money where it should go to, the clean up. If you are going to apply for a BP clean up, be careful of all the scams that are out there. They will never ask you to pay upfront for any training. There are about 50 companies trying to offer clean up work and they are not licensed. We will post all links of jobs available on our site.

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We just found out that the Oil industry will be releasing it’s own version of a job posting board. We will add this to our site once the page is up and running. The site to be added is for ground help including: Drivers, supplies, traffic, operations and more. The jobs that we post will be for jobs that require no experience needed. On site training will be provided. The list of jobs, pay, benefits and location will be posted beside each job. The contact information and requirements (age, tax papers) will be provided by each employer. Remember to read all the print in the contract before signing.

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We found a site with a oil flight game. Try to take control of the worlds oil supply.

http://www.oilfight.com/

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This recent closure won’t effect shops in the West. While most of the people working there were up for retirement anyways. Only exec. positions have been transfer to the West and in Texas.

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A recent college survey stated that more and more American students have found work up North in the oil industry. While Canadian students tend to work near their school, American have no problem flying up North for the starting salary of $20.00 CDN per hour. We asked why? The main reason was given to us was the American school year is a bit shorter than the Canadian. The Americans are out there first trying to find high paying jobs.

Canada needs the workers.

Since the Canadian population is only 35 million compared to the American population of 300 million, there are more US students trying to find work. Texas oil industry is down, but the Alberta industry is growing. This explains why so many students are going up North. If your a Canadian student and are complaining there is no work for students, I don’t believe it.

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The latest scam out in the US is involving the oil spill clean up in the Gulf of Mexico. CNN has reported that people are offering oil clean up jobs training for a small fee of $25-$70 US. They promise they will teach you all the rules and regulations for the clean up. This is not true. There is no such fee for the clean up, this is a scam. I understand times are tough, but if you get hired for the clean up, it’s PAID training. The pay is $12.00 for the training and $15.00 per hour to start. Check with your local state boards postings for all the correct information.

We will have a report in the future from people who have been hired on, and ask all the questions for you. Questions like: How long is training? When can I start? What is the pay? Can you move up in the company? Remember these jobs are contracted out by BP for the clean up. This means you might not actually work for BP. We are trying to help people find work in the oil and gas industry, or related work.

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There is to be expected 400 oil rigs drilling for the last half of the 2010 season. This was mentioned today at a conference in Calgary earlier this week.

This will bring in more spin off jobs and money to the local communities surrounding the work sites. With 150,000 oil workers working in Alberta alone this might be your chance to jump in. We have mentioned in other posts that this is a great time to get into this industry. With jobs being the number one thing on peoples mind, so is job security. With this expected growth, you can’t go wrong.

Northern Alberta and British Columbia is where you will make the most money. They offer the highest pay and the best benefits. Try to stay out of the local bars, that’s where you will spend your money. This is what I was told by a couple of students from the U.S. who are working up in Canada today. ” Great money if you can save it”.

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When your searching for that perfect job in the oil industry, you should stop right there. There is no perfect oil industry job, however, there are some tips you should know or ask before you apply.

If you think this will be a 9-5 job, good luck. The overtime in this field is crazy, but, the reward of the overtime pay is great. One of my major concerns when going in to this field is the medical plan. This must be looked at as the claim rate in this industry is high. Make sure you are covered in full medical, and make sure the coverage will continue for at least 6 months after you completed your work contract.

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