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Rachel - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My fiance is desperately wanting to work in the oil field due to financial problems as well as just wanting to do it...any suggestions for transitioning into the lifestyle??

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Penny - posted on 01/22/2009

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Quoting Tamra:

If you guys are serious about going to the rigs and relocating, scout for housing first, and what the jobs in the area are paying, then do all the math.
I live in ND where there is ALOT of oil activity going on. but there is shortage of housing available. Just to give you an idea on pay, most jobs will start you anywhere from $18.00/hr to $32.00 depending on what they are qualified to do. Definately check into the benifits also.



Don't know if you guy is still looking but Tamara is right there is a lot of activity in Western ND right now and the cost of living is pretty low so, it makes the checks last even longer. There is a housing shortage, but you would probably be able to find a house within at least an hour or two of where his rig would be and he could stay on site during his on days. We live in Sidney, MT and it is about an hour to an hour and a half away from the major activity now, but many wives and families are living here and the significant others are staying on site or in hotels during the days on. There is still some activity right near Sidney but not a ton and there are lots of other jobs available in Sidney, there is a daycare shortage if that is something you would be needing, but it can be found you just really have to search. 



My husband actually works for a road Construction company and they start their guys out at $14 an hour then you get raises in a few months, they pay medical for the employees and offer health for the families. They go out and build the rig sites and maintain them.

Corry - posted on 11/19/2008

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I know a lot of people who work on the rigs, they are gone for long periods of time and at first they don't really mind it. But after a few months of only being home a week or two at a time, with 3-6 weeks in between, they began to dislike it and the only reason they keep doing it is for the money! I live in northern B.C. Canada, and we came up here for the money. My hubby doesn't work on the rigs, he services them, ie. he hooks up the bathrooms and the power for the shacks on both the rig sites and the camps. When the rigs move to a different location, he takes all the pipes apart and hooks it all back up at the new location. And he's home every night!
The transition for working on the rigs is extremely hard and you will never get used to it, I suggest looking into all options when it comes to the rigs.

Angelina - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hi ! I live in B.C my husband has worked in Alberta canada for about 7 yrs at first its tough cause hes gone all winter including christmas sometimes but u get used to it, u just have to find stuff to do, the company he works for is Precision Drilling and it is a vary good company.

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ya I have a sugguestion... Don't get too excited about it, cuz it's not ALL the glamour that you hear. Get used to him being away for a while, and Save what you can when you can... they could get shut down at any time and you will be thanking heaven for any nest egg you might have created.

Tamra - posted on 11/17/2008

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If you guys are serious about going to the rigs and relocating, scout for housing first, and what the jobs in the area are paying, then do all the math.

I live in ND where there is ALOT of oil activity going on. but there is shortage of housing available. Just to give you an idea on pay, most jobs will start you anywhere from $18.00/hr to $32.00 depending on what they are qualified to do. Definately check into the benifits also.

Keely - posted on 11/14/2008

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There is not transition period you get throw into it! My husband works for a casing company here in colorado and is gone ALL the time (he is on call). Its actually natural gas we drill for up here but the rigs cant keep help. Tell him to watch out for meth heads. ALOT of guys up here do it to stay awake, and its easy to fall into. Some love it, some hate it. And you cant really prepare for it. The money is nice most of the time though. If you can go through military you can do the oil field.

Lori - posted on 11/14/2008

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Hello Rachel,

Like Leslie, my husband works for Transocean in the Gulf on a semi-submersible rig and we love the schedule too. He is gone for 21 days & home for 21 days. It is all about keeping a family schedule. When he is out, I get sooo much done. When he comes home it is time for us as a family to have fun. He make great pay & recieves several bonuses a year which is how we are able to travel & do all the things we love while he is home. Some women say it is really hard but like most things-it is all how you look at it. You already know that from the military experience. I know that since you've done deployments that you'll be just fine.

Best of luck,

Lori

Jennifer - posted on 11/13/2008

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there's really no transition period on rigs... especially in Canada here.,... my hubby has been on the rigs for over 12 years now and it's all the same... long hours and exhausted when he comes home... and very few days off if any... drilling rigs are usually better for set hours than service rigs... though crews tend to stay longer and therefore less job openings. Any 24 hour oncall job (running tools, wirelining, etc.) expect to just see him on his scheduled days off. There is good money in it if you plan for slow times but it's a hard lifestyle, especially with kids

Sarah - posted on 11/13/2008

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Hi Rachel. My name is Sarah, and I'm in Louisiana. My husband works for Diamond Offshore. they are an awesome company. Great benefits, good bonuses, and they really try to keep everyone working even when things are slow. That's only happened once, but they did great. I know it's kind of a long drive, but the money offshore is good and like someone else said on here, two to three weeks at home gives you a lot of time to spend together even though the two to three weeks gone can be a really long time. I try to remember that there aren't many jobs where you can make $60,000+/year and only work for 6 months. If your guy is looking for land rigs Nabors is a pretty good company. My husband worked for them for about a year before we moved back to Wyoming (where I am from... didn't last long) and I know they have rigs all over both offshore and land. Just keep in mind that there are sacrifices. It's sad how much they can miss when it comes to school stuff with the kids and holidays, but you do get used to it and you really can't beat the time off. I hope things work out well for you guys. :)

Leslie - posted on 11/13/2008

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Hi, my husband works for Transocean in the Gulf on a semi-submersible rig and I love the schedule. He may be gone for three weeks, but then he's home for a full three weeks and we can do all kinds of things in that amount of time! They get regular bonuses and then they'll get completion bonuses from the company who is using the rig to drill. It gets hard sometimes but I've gotten used to everything happening while he's gone--sick kids, things breaking down or whatever. They fly him from where we live in Washington state down there at their expense, too.

Yvonne - posted on 11/12/2008

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my husband has worked for basic going on 5 years now. great company, he loves them. he gets job offers regularly to go elsewhere and doesnt leave because he likes them. now, did this anoy be when i wanted him to be home. you bet cha but it is what it is. bassically there are several types of jobs and some have schedules (aka, 2 wks on 2 wks off) some are no, they could leave the next day on a suite case job. some work closer to home, others work away from home. offshore, onshore. you get the point. non are easy but you learn to adjust. its not terrible just not easy. :D i wish him good luck.

btw, i know you're not married to him anymore, but thank you as a family of a military person for everything. its not hard. on my wedding day a guy i went to HS with was baried. every year i remember him and his service.

Staci - posted on 11/03/2008

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Hi my name is Staci Paxton. My husband Dirk works for H&P in Big Piney, WY. It is about an hour away from Rock Springs. He loves it. He works 2 weeks on and then he gets 2 weeks off. We haven't had any problems with them so far. He has worked with them for a little over a year now and he makes about 30 dollars an hour. He gets about 88 and a half hours a week and they don't cut the work weeks. So over time starts after 38 hours. He brings home about 4800 dollars a month. Considering he only works for 2 weeks out of the month. The work is very consistant, no matter what season it is, unless the rig breaks down he works the same hours every two weeks. They recieve a far amount of bonus money also. Dirk has made about 20000 in just bonus money. I personally would recommend this company.

Rachel - posted on 11/03/2008

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Thanks so much...I can get use to the being gone and working and stuff...he works around 60 hrs. a week now and I use to be married to the military...went through two deployments.

Holli - posted on 11/01/2008

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Girl get ready!! i've been doing this for 15 years!! just don't get too upset when he has to work those crazy hours!! Be patient when he comes home tired!!

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BJ Services and BJ Coiltech and Halliburton are the only companies I would recommend. We have worked with them and have been very pleased. You have more consistent work year round. I know Kilgore, Tx and Rock Springs, Wy and North Dakota are really busy right now and should be for a while so that may be an idea.

Rachel - posted on 10/29/2008

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Currently we live in Arkansas and he is seriously looking for a job on an oil rig but can't seem to find one...he has a welding degree which you would think would be a plus but just not having much luck.

Chelsea - posted on 10/29/2008

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Haha lot's....but none that I'm willing to put in writing, it might come back to haunt me, lol. It depends on what he's doing, whether he's on the rigs, testing, coil tubing, frac crew, etc. The larger rig companies stay pretty busy and keep their workers in the shop during break-up. But then again on the flip side, the larger companie have more people to employ, and therefore do more switching guys out of their crews and out of town work. It's hard to say really......... the best bet would be to go around and talk with some of the company's. Get a feel for their field supervisors and whether or not there is a chance for growth and stable work with the company. My husband started out as a labourer and within a year he was a Day Supervisor, so you can move up quickly.

Chelsea - posted on 10/29/2008

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Get use to never having him around......or when he is around, having him sleep half the day away because he just worked a 16 hour shift. The spring and summer months are tough too because of spring break-up. Work slows down and sometimes crews will go weeks or months without work. It depends which company he's working for, but you kind of have to plan for the slow times. It's hard, because the fall and winter months are so busy busy busy, and you get use to that crazy money coming in, and then once spring hits, its really slow. It's a hard lifestyle to get use to. My husband was a Tester and got out of it soon after we had our son, because of all the time he was away from us. He is a tank installer for a Petro company now and still works away, but has more "home time" now, and it works better for us. It depends on your circumstances, some people love the oil field and wouldn't have it any other way!

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