How to Become an Oil Worker

Like any other career, becoming an oil worker requires special training. Depending on the degree of training, you can perform a wide range of roles such as becoming a derrickman, driller or drill assistant.

All these jobs require different degrees of skills. For instance, a derrickman normally works under either a drill assistant or a driller.

Therefore, it is the responsibility of the driller to:

  • Supervise the whole team on various work ethics and regulations
  • Control and oversee assembling of various components in the drill
  • Keep records about the drilling process, among other factors.

Now, let me take you through a step-by-step process on how to become an oil worker.

Basic Qualities for an Oil Worker

As an oil worker, you should have the following qualities:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • A key team player
  • Ability to work away from home or family for at least 14 to 21 days.
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Avoid alcohol or smoking during working hours
  • Good leadership skills
  • Be disciplined and follow instructions
  • Ability to understand technical drawing or plans

Apart from these, the company or training institution may also require other qualifications such as be of a specific nationality, a thorough check on past criminal records, etc.

In addition to these, you must possess certain academic qualifications or skills. This will also depend on the specific roles an oil worker will play.


Education or Training Requirements

Oil drilling offers a range of employment opportunities that require different levels of experience. Although some oil drilling companies offer a number of apprenticeship programs, there are those that go for individuals who have gone through a reasonable training.

Normally, the nature of training will depend on the specific job that the individual is expected to undertake when they become oil workers.

For example:

There are so many technical tasks that require advanced training.

Take for instance, underwater welding for the case of offshore drilling. Here, you must go through all the necessary training (both classwork and technical practice) to perform such challenging tasks.

Other technical aspects of these jobs may include mechanical and electrical work. In each scenario, you must be either a certified mechanic or a certified electrician, depending on the nature of your job.

The good news is that such technical assignments come with high pay.

However, even in other entry level careers in oil drilling industry, there some trainings or certifications you must possess such as:

  • Certification in Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • Basic Offshore Safety Instruction and Emergency Training (BOSIET)
  • Transport Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

In short, these entry level requirements may vary from one state to another.

With all the necessary trainings and skills, it will be your turn to go out and look for the job. During this period, you need to get all information about the company.  These should include, but not limited to:

  • Who specifically operates/runs the company?
  • The working conditions. You can get this information from your fellow oil rig workers.
  • Gauge the company’s stability/financial situation and whether your job is guaranteed or secure.

With all these in mind, I am confident that you can become a great oil worker.