Work in the oil industry and oil production platforms in Norway
There is an increasing demand of qualified personnel, technicians involved in drilling and maintenance, engineering graduates but also geologists and geophysicists. In these areas, companies also recruit abroad. In general, many different activities are represented on oil platforms. In addition to professional training, experience is required. You must be in possession of certificates of your qualifications.
The most popular languages in use on offshore oil platforms are English and Norwegian. Prospective employee is asked to speak at least one of these two languages fluently. English and Norwegian dominated the early years of the oil industry in the Continental area, but in recent time Norwegian becoming more popular so is required by almost all employers.
Safety course and medical certificate:
In order to work on an oil rig, you must pass specific training course related to offshore security. The course is taught in schools accredited by the National Association of Oil Companies, which is responsible for safety on the platforms. You can find on their website a list of schools and courses at the following addresses: http://www.falck.com/nutec_no/Pages/frontpage.aspx and http://www.petro.no/. These courses are quite expensive and are usually given in Norwegian. Some are only given in English. In addition to these safety courses, a medical certificate attesting to your fitness to work on oil rigs is required. NB: Following a single safety course is not enough to allow you to work.
Education: Long course: for engineers, training 3 to 5 years is required in technologies relating to the oil industry, geology and geophysics. This training is at university level.
Short course: you must have completed a polytechnic (2 years) preparing technology of the oil sector, but also the techniques of drilling, maintenance and welding. The oil industry also hires staff with training in processing, mechanical engineering, and auto mechanic. How to find these jobs: The Norwegian Employment Service (Aetat) has a database of all publications of vacancies. However, jobs on oil rigs are not distinct from other bids for the oil industry as a whole. This is why research must be conducted according to criteria related to the profession in general.
By the way, there are no experience job on oil rigs that require no qualifications or degree. That would be unskilled jobs of deck crew, the dirtiest and physically demanding. roustabout, roughneck, general laborer, deck cleaner, steward etc.
You can also find advertisements in Norway at the following address: http://www.aetat.no or try to solicit companies directly through their websites. In the yellow pages, http://www.gulesider.no, you will find the names and addresses of companies. http://www.oilinfo.no web site, you will find lists of vacancies as well as those of employers positions. Need to notice, that it may be easier to find a job in the offshore sector if you already have related experience in the oil sector on the land based drilling installations. The Norwegian oil companies receive every day hundreds of letters from around the world to work on platforms. Companies do not recruit staff through these simple letters.
For some category of people travelling unusual places, working in extreme conditions, meeting a lot of unusual people while earning pretty good money is a grate lifestyle. work on the oil platform is ideal for this purpose, but definitely this is not a job for everyone. Hardly anyone does really knows what it really the oil platform represents itself and what it would take instead.
So what is oil rig? Oil rig is massive complex of buildings and drilling equipment, which is located directly on the sea. The entire oil platform is completely self-sufficient. It is equipped with a generator and desalination of water for energy production. There are facilities required for oil drilling, but also for accommodation and rest of workers.
Transportation of crude oil from rig to land is performed by oil tankers, ships. Some required materials for oil rig maintenance are delivered by helicopters and drill ships.
Jobs on oil platforms provides a number of companies in the USA, Asia and Europe. The most likely and most comfortable for foreign workers are working in the North Sea, where most platforms belongs to UK. If you move into international waters, you do not have to worry about work permits. It will need only if the platform is located on the territory of the States. work on the platform is very physically and mentally demanding. It is essential to realize that working at sea far from the land, 12 hours per day is quite difficult.
Most popular oil producing companies operating in the region: Saga Petroleum, DNO International, Norse Energy, Prosafe, Fred. Olsen Production, Petoro, InterOil Exploration and Production, Statoil Fuel & Retail, CorrOcean, Sinvest, Scandinavian Bunkering, BW Offshore, Kongsberg Offshore, Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA, Bayerngas Norge, Rocksource.