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Topic Title: Engineering In the Oil and Gas Industry
Topic Summary: Oil and Gas Industry
Created On: 03 July 2010 12:59 PM
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 03 July 2010 12:59 PM
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bigbri

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Can anyone help?,

I am due to leave the Royal Navy Submarine Service as an Electronics Engineer. I have a BSc in Engineering, Cisco CCNA, 17th Edition wiring regs, and a Graduatship In Leadership and Management (and 22years in Engineering).

Does anybody out there work in the Oil and Gas industry who knows what opportunities lie out there for a chap like me, with the above experience/quals.

All I keep hearing is doom and gloom in the industry and how difficult it can be to get in.

Surely a chap, like me, used to working in harsh environments could get a foot in the door. I understand there are all sorts of Technician type jobs out there, but find it difficult to get anyone to part with this information, oil related.

Even considered ROV pilot/Technician, but that has even more Doom and Gloom attached to it !!!!

Any help would be greately appreciated,

Thanks, and regards,

Brian
 04 July 2010 12:46 PM
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ArthurHall

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It is hard to get a foot in the door, but not imposiable. If I were you I would try some of the specialist companys that provide support rather than oil companys. The Aberdeen press and journal on a friday is where most jobs are advertised. Also try and get a hold of some copies of Roustabout or other industry mags. The specalist companys often advertise their services there, that lets you know what they do and how to contact them. There are quite a few ex forces people offshore mainly people like yourself or systems techs from the RAF.
Good luck

Also dont rule out wind, try Vestas or Siemens
 19 July 2010 06:49 PM
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david112

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You could try Wood Group.
http://portal.woodgroup.com/
They are probably the biggest employer of contract labour offshore.They quite often have vacancies which may suit you. Where you may have difficulty is knowledge of electrical engineering in explosive atmospheres but if you talk to Aberdeen college they have a course that covers that. You would also robably need a survival certificate.
 19 July 2010 06:53 PM
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david112

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suggest you try wood group. They are probably the biggest supplier of contract labour to the offshore oil and gas industry.

www.woodgroup.com

For electrical work though you would need training in electrical engineering in hazardous areas but Aberdeen college does a course on this. You would also need an offshore survival certificate.
 22 July 2010 02:53 PM
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phow

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Brian
Don't forget the petrochemicals business sector. You are onshore. likely to work NW Wilton /Billingham / Teeside or NE Runcorn. These are essentially the old ICI, Dupont, BASFsites, though the plants are likely to have been sold on.
Lots of high pressure / high temperature / process control
I used to recruit ex forces as technicians /Tiffies./ projects.
You will have to learn about flammables. Consider a "Compex" course to understand electrics in flammables - zoned areas. At a higher level Baseefa, or Sire or Chilworth do courses in BSEN 60079 - x.
Retired now.....
Best wishes
Peter
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