Electricians don’t always have it easy these days. There’s an economic slowdown and industrial decline on land which is causing the loss of many jobs. But one thing that can help you is the offshore oil and gas industry. The fact is many people are looking for offshore electrician jobs because the pay is much better than what you would find elsewhere.
Most electricians have honestly probably never considered working offshore before. But not you. You already have a leg up over your competition because you are looking and want to get hired offshore.
So how can your electrical skills be used in an oil rig?
Because oil rigs are so complicated there are so many electrical systems on them. Generators. Motors. Transformers. Industrial control and process systems. Appliances.
Offshore Electrician Jobs: Responsibilities and Skills
You’ll find these all on an oil rig, and of course someone is going to need to install, service, and troubleshoot them all. The fact is that oil rig downtime is extremely expensive for the rig’s owner – sometimes to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars a day. You can bet they want someone on the rig who will be there to keep it running smoothly.
A lot of what you’ll find offshore is somewhat similar to what you find here on land. You’ll need to be a good troubleshooter and capable of fixing things yourself. If you prove your skills, you can also get to help plan some of the long-term electrical projects.
Unlike working here on land, offshore electrician jobs are going to put you out there in the elements. Oil rigs work around the clock regardless of the weather. Barring a hurricane, you might have to work in strong winds, heavy rains, or extreme temperatures.
And since oil rigs are so massive, you’ll be expected to climb up some of the masts to work on electrical systems.
Working on an oil platform is different. Also on an oil rig a common shift is 12 hours a day working with 12 hours of downtime. The minimum shift is to do this for seven days and then get seven days back home. Sometimes internationally, you may work for three or four weeks of the time. But then you’ll get that much time back home.
Salaries For Offshore Electrician Jobs Depend On Qualifications
Depending on your certifications and experience you could qualify to be an electrical technician, an electrician, or even a maintenance supervisor on an oil rig.
Electricians can easily make $60-70,000 dollars a year working on an oil rig if you play your cards right. Plus, you will only be working for six months out of the year so it is an extremely attract proposition.
Once you get some time under your belt working on oil rigs, you could consider becoming a maintenance supervisor. This is especially useful if you really like to work with your hands and are a jack of all trades.
The Next Step
The next thing you need to do is to sign up for our free offshore jobs newsletter and database. It is full of tips about getting hired on a rig as an electrician or any other tradesman, and is full of offshore electrician job openings.