Looking for advice from those in the Oil Field Business

SE7EN26

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Nov 1, 2013
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Just moved here from CA and was interested in getting into the petrochem industry with SuperHeat FGH out of Benicia but they were only hiring local for out of state work. I dont mind traveling and being away for a bit. Im just not sure what exactly Im looking at as far as entry level positions. My work history is sales for the most part. Firearms, shoes, cellphones, printers, and cameras are what Ive sold but Im pretty techie, also pretty handy and can MIG weld in a pinch. Ive read that the Roustabout position is what I would be starting at ( correct me if Im wrong ). Im 30 mins SW of Fort Worth (Granbury). Wife has a friend in Azle whos husband is in this line of work but I wont be able to talk to him until next week. Im hoping to go meet him and talk about this kind of work with more than just a dumb look on my face. In other words, educate me with the basics if you can, and Ill connect the dots when and if everything else falls in place. Im grateful the wifes salary can squeak us by, but I didnt plan on coming to Texas being unemployed. But, things happen and I am now looking for advice.

Thank you in advance

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Das Jared

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Welcome. Please leave any and all liberal baggage and voting in California. Do you have any schooling, or welding certs? If you do, chemical plants and other industrial places pay well.

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Shotgun Jeremy

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It seems like oil industry jobs are very plentiful in Texas and they pay pretty good. From what I've heard, they equip you with everything you could possibly need for the job-except clothes depending on the employer. But they all supply cover-alls, so you're good there. The schedules can be anything from 3 days on-2 days off, to 2 weeks out-1 week in. Hours can be brutal for some places, and then pretty decent in others. I find that usually they longer your work spans are at a time (day-wise), the easier they are on you at work because they know they're pushing their guys for a long time in between breaks. Good luck! Tell us how things go as you do it so we can keep up with what's going on in the industry.
 

Stukaman

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I work a 15 on 6 off rotating day shift night shift schedule, we've been pretty busy here in frack but I keep hearing get ready for the first of the year slow down.


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IXLR8

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If you are offered a job, take it. Until you get experience, great jobs will be few and far between. These companies are smart and can see who the good workers are. Unless you know someone, your initial experience will not be pleasant. However when you can put some field work on your resume, then other companies will hire you away at higher wages. I do not see many people move up in companies in the oilfield. However they getter better positions moving between companies.
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breakingcontact

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i read an article recently about "life in the oil fields". Apparently the entry level guys make good money by working ungodly hours because i read the starting pay for roustabouts (those are the guys that move stuff around right?) was like $13 an hour or so. Perhaps the article had it wrong.
 

Stukaman

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Didn't say I wrkd those entire hrs lol sometimes we fly RC helicopters or race care. Or pull up the football game by satellite. It's not all fun and games by any means but it's not all bad.


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