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Career opportunities in the offshore industry

The offshore oil and gas industry offers several job opportunities. Here are a few of the possible positions in this industry:

Roustabout: This is typically the entry level position when starting offshore and can be compared with a deck cadet on a ship. The Roustabout reports directly to the Assistant Crane Operator, and is responsible for carrying out work in connection with loading/unloading operations, general maintenance and cleaning jobs, and assistance to the drill floor crew. Roustabouts, who show ability, can advance to roughnecks after about 6 months. Further steps in the career path with relevant training and education may lead to positions as Assistant Driller and Driller.

Roughnecks: They work on the rig floor in teams of three and are responsible for operating the drilling equipment and machines in support of the Driller. One member of the Roughneck team typically works in the mud process room taking mud weights and ensuring that the shakers are working properly.

Pumpman: This position is a drilling job that supports the Derrickman. The Pumpman works in the mud pump room. The main responsibilities include checking the mud room weights and shaker equipment. Pumpmen work as backup Roughnecks when needed, as well. The Pumpman reports directly to the Driller and Mud Engineer. The Pumpman is usually promoted from entry-level positions such as Roughneck, Floorhand or Roustabout.

Derrickman: On an oil rig, the Derrickman is typically responsible for operating and maintaining all the equipment in the mud pump room. This equipment includes the mud pumps and mud holding pits, as well as the other machines in that area. Another main job duty is to climb the drilling tower to rack the drill pipe. Other responsibilities include mixing drilling fluids and mud to ensure the chemicals and consistency are correct.

Assistant Driller: The Assistant Driller is in charge of supervising the Pumpman, Derrickman and all the Roughnecks. He also provides assistance to the Driller, as well as takes on any other miscellaneous tasks as needed. Assistant Drillers are expected to fill in for any of the other drilling positions when necessary. The Assistant Driller position is regarded as a trainee position to achieve competency to work as a Driller.

Driller: The Driller is responsible for supervising and carrying out the drilling and well control and other work in connection with the drilling operations. In an emergency situation he is also responsible for taking the correct counter measures to stop an uncontrolled well control situation from emerging. The Driller will watch for gas levels, the flow of drilling mud and other information.

PRS Operator: PRS stands for Pipe Racking System, which is an automated system that allows the drill pipe to be racked by a man stationed in the room alongside the Driller. It also eliminates the need for the Derrickman to go aloft on the derrick to guide the drill pipe into the wellhead.

Toolpusher: The Toolpusher is the overall person responsible for the Drilling Section of the rig and reports directly to the Offshore Installation Manager. The Toolpusher is the primary drilling specialist on board and therefore supervises all drilling operations from start to finish; utilizes available real-time data to deliver manpower to specific equipment and complete the operation. The Toolpusher is also responsible for the overall installation, maintenance, testing and connection/disconnection of the Blow-Out prevention equipment and installation of casings; and the proper training, appraisal and overall leadership of the drilling personnel. Toolpushers usually start at an entry level position (i.e., as a Roustabout or Roughneck) and work their way up over many years.

Assistant crane operator: He is responsible for the operation and daily maintenance of the cranes and the safety hereunder. Furthermore, the assistant crane operator assists the roustabouts in their work, including helicopter operations.

Crane Operator: The Crane Operator is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the cranes, and in addition to this, manages the Roustabouts. The Crane Operator supervises that all activities are carried out in accordance with the Barge Engineer or Assistant Barge Engineer’s instructions, and delivers essential on the job crew training within lifting and slinging. Furthermore, the Crane Operator functions as the Helicopter Landing Officer in connection with helicopter operations.


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