If you’re interested in working offshore, these are our top tips for anyone looking to enter the offshore industry:
1. It’s not as easy as it looks
Working offshore involves long periods of working away from home and each shift can be up to 12 hours at a time. This can be tough, especially when you can’t go home and relax at the end of the day.
Almost all of the geographical locations in the offshore industry have harsh weather conditions, such as snowstorms and monsoon rain, which is hard enough before factoring in how rough it is working out at sea. When all of these aspects of working offshore come together, they can create a tough environment which can be very draining, both physically and mentally.
2. Know what you want to do
There are many different job roles, each with their own requirements.
Roustabout: This is the most common entry level position, and you would need to be physically fit to qualify for this position. The main duties of a roustabout are general maintenance and cleaning, loading and unloading materials and assisting the floor crew. From roustabout you could be promoted to the position of roughneck, which would involve more skilled duties.
Rig Maintenance: If you have a background in electrics, hydraulics, welding or heavy machinery mechanics then you may be eligible for a position in a rig maintenance department. However, achieving this role would depend on previous experience using relevant machinery and equipment.
Engineering Graduate: If you are a marine, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering course graduate then you could be eligible for a trainee driller programme or graduate development programme. Many drilling contractors offer these programmes and information about them can be found via an internet search.
ROV Pilot: If you have a background in strong technical qualifications, then you may be more suited to the role of an ROV pilot, a role for operating remotely operated underwater vehicles.
3. Gain some experience
After getting your first offshore job, you will need to gather experience in your chosen field. As a recruitment agency, we know that employers are consistently looking for reliable candidates with relevant experience. To help you stand out from the crowd, we recommend undertaking training courses or learning relevant skills which may help you on your career path.
For example, you will not be able to go offshore until you hold at least an offshore survival training certificate and an offshore medical, but different positions may require further certification as standard.