Offshore Welding Jobs

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Offshore welding jobs are a good way to use your welding skills to make more money than you probably would on land. Many welders who have never worked or lived near offshore oil drilling can be a little surprised by this. But the fact is, working offshore can provide stable employment and is very exciting.

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On an oil rig a welder’s skill is always in demand. After all, the entire platform is made of metal. Any thing that is to be added to the rig needs to be welded on. In addition, because of the harsh environment, the metal is always needing to be repaired. And you’ll be asked to build new structures, so your fabrication skills will come into play as well.

When you work offshore as a welder your boss will most likely be a maintenance supervisor on the rig. Your day to day activities will come from him. Other crews will be working on the rig as well, but they will be doing their own thing like drilling for oil or dealing with the marine side of things.

On larger oil platforms there may be some maintenance roustabouts around as well. These are unskilled laborers who may be there to help you out, but don’t count on it.

What’s the pay like for offshore welding jobs?

The money you’ll make depends on if you are paid per day paid per project, as well as your experience and certifications. We’re seeing more frequently that welders are hired on just for projects but paid a flat day rate.

With the down economy in the U.S. It has become more competitive for welders offshore. Anything you can do to make yourself a more attractive job candidate the better.

This may mean you need to go ahead and get some offshore safety certifications even if you don’t have the job yet.

And of course, the more tickets you have the better. Many times an experience welder can be passed over for a job just because they didn’t have the right ticket for what a company needed. So if you are serious about working offshore as a welder, make sure all your certifications are up to date.

If you’re just getting started in the offshore industry, you will quickly learn many job openings require you to have previous offshore experience. This is just another problem that can be overcome. One way to take care of this is to take on a lower level job like being a maintenance roustabout.

It’s not going to be good at first but it will get your foot in the door.

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clayton February 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

welder looking for work have both T.W.I.C card,Gulf/land safe,fire watch cards have be off shore as a cook now would like to go back out as welder,burner. working on passpor,water and riger’s cards. been working in construction as a metal welder,still worker.
e-mail clayton_feltz@yahoo.com
phone number:1-478-283-1111

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santi saithong March 7, 2012 at 12:14 am

I would like to join with your company

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jiju john john March 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

sir 8 yer exp in welder any welder job my number 00966558565519

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Aleksandr March 25, 2012 at 3:18 am

Dear Prospective Employer,
I would like to apply with your company for position of fitter/welder/motorman.plumber.
I have:
- Over 11 years of welder experience in shipyard/merchant fleet/ offshore industry on all type of welding equipment ( ARC welding, welding in Argon environment, TIG / MIG welding,
Gas welding, Brazing );
- Experience on semi submersible crane vessel (SSCV) and seismic research vessel;
- Welder Endorsement approved by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping Rules;
- BOSIET certificate ( NOGEPA, OPITO, OLF approved );
- All necessary certificate according to STCW 78/95;
- CROWD MANAGEMENT certificate;
- Fluent English confirmed by English Language Evaluation certificate and MARLIN test;
- C1/D visa;Shangen-staten VISA, Cyprus Seaman’s book,
- Good PC skills and driver license.

Please find attached for further information.

Hope, that my experience and enthusiasm will benefit your company.

Best Regards
Merlan O. Skype – aleks.aleks95 tel. +380970201223

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charles martie March 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I have been welding 38years, i weld pipes and plates all thickness.
welds performed stick and tig, and i have done some mig welding.
also fitting rigging and some blue print reading.

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rafindi justin April 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

i have been welding 8 years,and i have been fitting 3 years.i weld pipes and plates for all thickness and kind.performed on smaw and mig proses.

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Mnqobi May 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

argon, co2 and stick welder, im well qualified welder, i have matric and iam a hard worker and strong man, i studed at FET college for three months. I dnt have experaince.

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Luke Cheek August 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm

My Resume will tell you everything about me.

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