Around the Industry you hear a lot about Oil and Gas. Most of it is made up stories by people who have never even seen a rig let alone worked on one. The Oil and Gas Industry, is a lot like the Mining Industry in its basic form, with a few different aspects.
Oil Industry– The Oil industry discovers, extracts and refines the Oil that in turn gets made into Gasoline, Kerosene, Heating Oil and many more products. Without this life would be a lot different than as we know it.
Gas Industry– The Gas Industry discovers the Natural Gas and Extracts it. Then it will either be used for Energy or transported in special ships to foreign countries. Natural Gas is one of the cleanest, safest and most useful forms of energy.
There are 2 Main areas to the Oil and Gas Industry
- Onshore Work is roughly the same as your average mining operations. Personnel required on site are Laborers (roughnecks), Heavy Machinery operators, Truck Drivers, Welders, Boiler Makers, Electricians, Engineers and many more. There are all sorts of support personnel on-site making sure everything is running smoothly and constantly maintaining the machinery. Even Onshore there is a lot of safety requirements especially when in Production phases.
- Offshore work is predominantly the same as Onshore with the same core personnel required with a few exceptions. Mainly the whole Heavy Machinery and Heavy Haul Trucks aspect is taken away. Working offshore is usually on Oil Rigs or specially constructed Barges and Boats designed for Extracting Oil and Gas. Normally transport is by helicopter or if close to shore by boat. Offshore work is a lot different in the way of rosters, pay and conditions. Also the safety requirements jump a lot comparing onshore to offshore work.
Some of the courses you will need which will vary depending on the Company, working onshore/offshore, Location, Country and What job you are doing are:
- CSTP – Common Safety Training Program.
- BOSIET- Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training
- Helicopter Underwater Escape Training – Actually a very interesting course and can be quite challenging for some people. It is designed to teach you how to get out of a helicopter if you crash into the sea. (part of the BOSIET Course)
- Advanced First Aid Course – Not mandatory but gives you an advantage over someone who is not qualified.
Working in the Oil and Gas Industries makes for very good careers and is another option compared to Residential, Industrial and Mining Work. In general the rosters are usually a lot better compared to mining and the pay is comparatively higher but once again a lot depends on experience, Skills, Company and where in the world you are working.
As with the Mining Industry, qualifications aren’t everything and anyone get in to the entry level positions and set themselves up for a very rewarding career. In Australia especially work in the Oil and Gas industry is booming and there are a lot of big players. All you have to do is look at the Gorgon Gas Project and Wheatstone Gas Projects off Western Australia to see its only going to get busier.