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 19 October 2013 08:56 PM
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Grandfortune

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HI all,

got a bit excited as a company rang me up after i sent my CV in for a job

for a VSAT engineer, i have no experience in it but they wanted a sparky.

talking to him on the phone he said it was probably 8 to 10 months working abraod, russia, oil rigs , papa new guinea, africa .

said it shouldn't be a problem then he said it pays around 30k, i almost laughed, is that about right i thought more in the region of 45 to 55k to do this type of job?.

i bet a painter is on 30k + on a bloody oil rig.

cheers
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 19 October 2013 09:55 PM
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Fm

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Any experience offshore?
Do you have offshore certs?
Compex?
A roustabout will be on more than 30k, so they aren't in the real world
 19 October 2013 10:23 PM
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Grandfortune

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No no experience , the guys was also mentioning the helicopter swimming pool training to get on the oil rig and full medical
 20 October 2013 08:24 AM
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Fm

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Yes thepool thing is the survival test, a 3 day or 5 day depending if you want to go intothe norwegian sector or not.
I sat at my compex at Falkirk college, a number of years ago,i sat my offshore survival( pool) at petrofac in aberdeen.
You get a medical there, plus you need a record of dental health from your dentist.
Good luck
 20 October 2013 09:50 AM
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daveparry1

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I'd want 30k just to go to Africa without working too! ****hole!

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 20 October 2013 01:54 PM
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Grandfortune

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not going to go for it at that money, but i have high blood pressure, would that affect me getting it at the medical stage?

CHeers
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 20 October 2013 02:18 PM
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Fm

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No idea.
Get a seperate medical done prior to booking the course
I did that the first time i did mine, 4th time for me. I cant swim and i can pass, survival suits are just to make it easy when the helicpter ditches
 20 October 2013 06:28 PM
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Originally posted by: Grandfortune

not going to go for it at that money, but i have high blood pressure, would that affect me getting it at the medical stage?



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Grand


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 21 October 2013 10:49 AM
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Delbot321

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My brother worked off shore and now works on shore in refinery construction - he regularly gets silly offers from people just trying it on.

If you want to get into the industry and get all the training etc then you may choose to bite the bullet on the first occasion and live with it - once you have the certificates and experience you can expect alot more in the future. Most of it is contract work so at least it is regularly reviewed and you can increase expectations but you need to trade that against family/social time and the like.

Does sound low though for what they are expecting.
 21 October 2013 11:12 AM
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Grandfortune

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you think its a good sector to get into?.

really need a secure weekly paying job as being a sole trader in the domestic sector there is just no money init anymore to competitive, got a young family but need must, id hate to be 8 to 10 months way but if its worth it for a couple of years.

Cheers
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 21 October 2013 12:44 PM
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WJCE

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Hello forum.

I passed the medical with high blood pressure for my age, and in there I had the worst pressure I've ever had measured and they didn't bat a eyelid at it unlike me!
 21 October 2013 02:01 PM
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Delbot321

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I have no idea what speciality a VSAT engineer has over and above an electrician but like most things it's supply and demand - there will always be a limited supply of people that are prepared to work off shore - so the money goes up.

My brother has quite a specialist field in fire and gas detection design but he ended up in the field due to lack of opportunities elsewhere and now every time he looks at coming back realises his standard of living would drop due to the increased salary he gets in what he does. When the 3 or 5 year build on one site comes to an end he's off to another - and at the moment it's not likely to stop so he keeps taking the money.

Just an opinion - like most things you need to work it out for yourself but initially he went as he couldn't find anything else - now he's learn the industry he gets good money.
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