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Hi there. I have done a little bit of research, but I really just don't know where to apply for such jobs as a rustabout or roughneck on an offshore oil rig? I understand that there are a large contingent of offshore workers residing in Thailand when they aren't working and thought maybe here would be a good place to ask! Cheers

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I think you will find that the majority of offshore oil & gas workers in Thailand are not necessarily roustabouts or roughnecks.

Most of them will be skilled in the exploration, production/operation, maintenance, construction, hook-up, and commissioning and start-up fields.

They work onshore and offshore in locations worldwide and rotation can vary depending on location.

As for how to get a foothold into the industry, I would say you would need to have a skill and be trained before you would stand a chance.

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That was my belief, that many would be skilled and have been in the industry for some time.

Rustabout and Roughneck positions are unskilled, so I was hoping that maybe someone had some experience with those positions.

I think I will have to just personally email the companies directly. Now to find out which companies do the oil rigs, haha..

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That was my belief, that many would be skilled and have been in the industry for some time.

Rustabout and Roughneck positions are unskilled, so I was hoping that maybe someone had some experience with those positions.

I think I will have to just personally email the companies directly. Now to find out which companies do the oil rigs, haha..

To get a job as roustabout or roughneck you will have to be applying to companies in your home country. These jobs are not readily available in other countries, as they are usually filled by local labour.

It is not easy to break into offshore employment, but it is possible. It does help if you know somebody already working offshore to put a word in for you.

Do a search for drilling contractors or offshore employment agencies in your home country and send your CV to as many of them as you can.

Also they will be more interested in you if you have mechanical or electrical back ground. It also helps if you have offshore certification and medical. However these certificates are expensive and only last so long.

Another thing that is a factor is age.

It is not easy but it is not impossible to find these jobs in your home country, but forget a roustabout or roughneck job in any other country other than your own.

Send me a PM and depending where you are from I may have some contact details that may help.

FD

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If you want to get into the O&G business you'd be far better advised to look at onshore work in the places people are less willing to go - Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Libya, the former Russian States.

But as has been suggested above the skills that are required are specialities rather than general labour.

The reason I suggest the above locations is because there is far less competition for jobs that come up and far more chance of getting your foot on the ladder.

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What is your education, work experience, skill set, specialties and age?

Oh yes, nationality helps too.

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I am Australian and I'm 19 years of age, so I'm only young. But I don't have any directly related experience having only studied IT and having worked in Customer service.

But If I can't secure such a position I can always start to make the right moves in order to secure it later as I'm not that old either.

Cheers

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I am Australian and I'm 19 years of age, so I'm only young. But I don't have any directly related experience having only studied IT and having worked in Customer service.

But If I can't secure such a position I can always start to make the right moves in order to secure it later as I'm not that old either.

Cheers

On the basis of this I'd suggest you consider taking a course in Construction Planning - Oracle PrimaVera and try to get some experience in using this. You might consider taking the course and then asking for an internship with one of the main Oil and Gas Contract Companies - you may need to consider a low rate of pay or even a zero pay rate to get through the door.

I've worked in O&G for almost 30 years, started on such an internship and while my specialisation is not Project Planning, I note this is the area where there are opportunities for young computer literate people and an area that pays relatively high salaries. You don't need the harder to come by technical skills but if you have a methodical logical mind and computer skills there are real opportunities there.

Good planners are like rocking horse sh1t and they earn very good money. So don't knock the idea of an internship as a way in.

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Sure you can do it, but you’re going to need three things; Certification in your chosen career, experience and a whole lot of persistence. Heed what you’ve been told in the replies and follow up all leads.

Good luck counrikike

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If you live in or near Perth WA, you could try getting into NDT inspection. They are often looking for guys there, so much so that some companies have been sponsoring South Africans to move to Oz due to the lack of experienced personnel available locally. RTD STeeltest is one company that I know may take on inexperienced guys and train them up. Once you have a few years experience, then you can think of looking to base yourself in Thailand and travel to wherever the work is.

Website: www.rtdsteeltest.com.au Phone: +61894395656 Fax: +61894395665

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I am Australian and I'm 19 years of age, so I'm only young. But I don't have any directly related experience having only studied IT and having worked in Customer service.

But If I can't secure such a position I can always start to make the right moves in order to secure it later as I'm not that old either.

Cheers

Allow me to add my comments on this, I actually work offshore O&G, and in addition to having the skills, experience etc, you also need a whole lot of luck to get a start offshore + very good contacts to get your foot in the door.

As your an Aussie, the start of your career will be in the Aussie offshore game (there are plenty of projects coming up), get a few years experience there then try your hand at the international game, as to what to do ?....there are a very wide range of skills sets required offshore, but starting off as a roustie could be a good place to start.

I know of guys who started off as roustabouts and ended up as OIM's, of course they remained in the game for 20 years + and studied their ar*es off as well

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So I should be trying to get a job as a roustabout in Australia but possibly study some related courses in the meantime to increase my chances.

I have applied to jobs internationally as a roustabout, but my chances are unlikely.

I am waiting for the agencies to open in Australia so I can see what my options are via that route.

So a roustie is not a bad route to start out if you aren't skilled?

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So I should be trying to get a job as a roustabout in Australia but possibly study some related courses in the meantime to increase my chances.

I have applied to jobs internationally as a roustabout, but my chances are unlikely.

I am waiting for the agencies to open in Australia so I can see what my options are via that route.

So a roustie is not a bad route to start out if you aren't skilled?

First question...Yes....you will not get a look in outside Aussie

Roustie can be very hard work physically, but if someone has no skills as such, its the only way to get a start.

If you want to make yourself more marketable have a look at the following skills sets:

NDT/Welding inspection and or Rope Access

ROV pilot/tech etc

Offshore Medic

Safety officer

Radio Operator/HLO

Trainee production operator

Most these positions do not require any siginficant "education" prior to taking the courses but could get you a start

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