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Welcome to the homepage for jobs and careers on oil rigs in the North Sea! Although oil products are used in many areas of daily life, the predominant majority of people are unaware of how oil is produced or manufactured on oil rigs. When one thinks of oil workers, he have the same image from a movie in mind, in which some workers are smeared with bubbling oil from the well. But this is only the case in films. In reality, the oil from the well is delivered directly to the storage without lost a single drop of oil. Although the professions exercised on an oil rig, except of few specific occupations, are no different than the occupations in other industries, the majority of oil sector is still unknown. In recent years, the demand for oil products is increasing steadily. This forces oil companies to explore new offshore oil fields. The development of drilling and production technology plays a very important role, because resulting costs are significantly reduced and thus oil products becoming cheaper. Today, crude oil is discovering in more than 8,000 oil rigs worldwide. This represents about 24 percent of world oil production. Every day exploring is performed by new oil fields, and proportional to it constantly needs new staff, which is set on oil rigs (Roustabout, Foreman, Toolpusher, Driller, Materials man, Maintenance Technician, Pumpman, Rigger, Pipefitter, Storeman, Plumber, Scuba diver, Scaffolder... This list could number 100-150 different jobs). The situation in the North Sea is no different. As new oil fields are getting bored. The North Sea is today one of the world's largest mining areas of the oil industry.

Currently there are more than 500 oil platforms in the North Sea

Contrary to popular belief, oil producers, such as BP, Shell, Exxon, etc. in all production phases, such as exploration, drilling, delivery, etc. are not active itself. There is a misconception that these companies have many of their own rigs. Although the oil companies are in need for some departments and staff for oil producing, these elements are generally involved as contractors. The main task of these companies is to conclude with the governments of license agreements for oil exploration and production, environmental agreements, etc., or to control the bureaucracy with the administrative apparatus of the state. Then the other companies (subsidiaries - joint ventures) are responsible for required activities and are working close with the other companies, subcontractors, in the countries in which oil or drilling process is performed. These are construction companies, electrical contractors, caterers, etc. drilling companies. These companies are significantly smaller to companies that own / operate / rent platforms in all regions of the world. In oil drilling business You can delegate some tasks to other companies. Another group of companies are providing services, from consulting to construction of pipelines services. Basically an oil rig works like a factory which consists of different departments or teams that belongs to different companies.

On offshore oil rigs working not only people who care around the drilling. There are also staff such as technicians, electricians, welders, painters, warehouse clerk, mechanicals, welders etc., who work in areas of maintenance, utilities, warehouse and deck, so that everything runs smoothly. Other professional groups take care of, for example, the storage of the oil. Since the oil rigs are cut off from the outside world, all these employees must be supplied with food, drinks and fresh laundry. Therefore, there are also working on oil rigs cooks and kitchen staff to prepare for the employee four meals a day, as well as personnel who are responsible for the laundry and housing. In addition, there are cleaners for offices, residential and recreational areas, etc. As in any industry unskilled workers are also hired on oil rigs that do not have special skills and provide ancillary activities particularly in the drilling crew (Roustabout), as well as in the kitchen (Galleyhand) and cleaning department (Stewards). There are opportunities to make your way from the unskilled worker to the driller. Everyone can and should pass training and courses that offer companies free of charge once you have successfully entered in a oil company. Therefore, there are no advantages or disadvantages between skilled and unskilled assistants. It depends on the will and motivation that you should bring. Since 2010, many oil companies in Germany and Norway offer apprenticeships in this industry in order to meet their staffing needs. There are also employment opportunities for those who have already learned a non-specialist trade but can enter through training or retraining in oil industry.

Offshore drilling crew is made up of workers with different tasks.

Oil drillers working on land and at sea, on oil rigs both fixed and mobile (floating). He provides rig control and supervise the drilling crew. Drillers handling machinery; in particular, control the speed of rotation of the drilling pipes. They also monitor and records of progress.

Roustabouts are unskilled workers who assist in drilling activities. Keep clean and tidy the drilling area, drilling pipes, machinery, lubricating tools. Roustabouts also have general duties as download and store supplies arriving by boat or helicopter to deck and mixing drilling mud.

Assistant drillers are more qualified than roustabouts. They work under the supervision of the Driller, and participate directly in the drilling process. Changing drill pipes if needed, checking if pipes not being damaged, setting up and connecting new pipe sections as drilling going deeper. If a drilling pipe is bit is worn, assistant driller dismantled the pipe sections and put a new one. They have overall responsibility for dealing with the maintenance of the drill, and have everything in good working condition.

Tower operators (also called offshore derrick man) work about a hundred feet above the floor of the drilling platform in the tower (derrick). Manipulate sections of drill pipe under the supervision of the Driller.

Drilling supervisor is the person who is in charge of the drilling operation, and sometimes drilling rig. Ensures availability of all materials and devices and that they are in good working condition. Directs and manages its staff shifts or rotations, and is responsible for health and safety on the platform.

Personal characteristics for oil driller:

  • Good teamwork skills; since you live and work with a small team in fairly small space.
  • Good manual dexterity.
  • Be punctual.
  • Being able to tolerate extreme temperatures, and you do not mind being away from home for long periods.
  • Be willing to fly to go to the platform or oil rig.
  • Being in good physical shape. Working on a drilling rig can be physically demanding.
  • Be willing to learn and follow safety procedures, because security is very important.
  • No lightheaded.


  • Responsible attitude.
  • Well organized.
  • Fitness.
  • Ability to work in teams.
  • Able to follow regulations regarding health and safety.
  • Able to work at heights.
  • Loading and unloading merchandise.
  • Directs and supervises staff.
  • Communication skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Practical skills.
  • Manage equipment on shore oil rigs and offshore.
  • Keep work area clean.
  • Methodical.
  • To pay special attention to health and safety regulations
  • Perform maintenance of machinery.
  • Supervising the work of others.

The oil offshore drillers normally work twelve-hour shifts of service and 12 hours off for a period of two or three weeks. This is followed by a period of two or three weeks' leave on land.

Occasionally, bad weather can prevent the helicopter traveling between the mainland and the offshore oil platform, causing a forced stay on the drilling rig.

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