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Oil rig jobs in Norway

Many are interested to get out and start working offshore on an oil rigs . With $US 68,000 a year entry level salary and 9-month "vacation" it is quite understandable. But it takes some training and courses to get one's foot in the door of oil drilling industry, such as the mandatory safety course. Luckily, there are many companies that offer these kinds of courses.

Training & Courses for those who want to work on oil platforms in Norway:

  • Stavanger Offshore Technical College. SOTS have is a secondary school, vocational school and courses. The school has a focus on activities that work with offshore and is ideal for those who want to work on the oil platform in Norway.
  • Nortrain. Nortrain is a private school with publicly approved vocational training of professional engineers in the petroleum technology with depth of drilling, well servicing, production and seafloor installations.
  • SOTS - offers paybacks in exchange for the offshore, onshore and maritime jobs. They have collaboration with Stavanger Offshore Technical School.

The rumor that it would be both extremely stressful, exhausting and dangerous to work on oil rigs in Norway is not true. This is because the security is so important on board the platform. Few other industries have such high level of safety as oil platforms. There is a stand-by boat off the rig ready 24 hours a day in case something happens. And once a week so it's usually safety drill.

Wages on oil platform

It is primarily the salary that attracts people to apply to oil rigs in Norway. With a starting salary of $US 68K per year (varies slightly depending on the position), one can understand why. But the average wage is around $US 90,000 a year including electricians, plumbers, cooks, etc. If you are employed as a contrast driller, crane operator or platform manager, it's millions of dollars salary that we're talking about.

Working hours and leisure time on the platform

The most common is that you work 2-4 or 2-3 shift. That is to say that you work on the platform for two weeks and then have 3 or 4 weeks time off. The working day duration is 12 hours and then the crew have 12 hours time off. It is quite often that roughnecks and roustabouts, as well as other members of the team on oil rig work overtime, so it is absolutely up to 16 hour day, because everyone is entitled to at least eight hours of sleep.

So what do you do on the oil rig when you are not working then? There are plenty of activities available. As a rule, there is usually a gym, a badminton court, a solarium, hundreds of DVD movies, playstation 3, nintendo wii, airgun court, Internet and also very good food.

Oil rig Nurse job in Norway

Medic or Nurse on oil rig is another entry level job, and you may apply for that position even if you do not have any maritime experience. Though, you have to have college or nursing school diploma and a couple of years experience of working preferably in emergency medicine. To start working as a nurse or as an oil rig nurse in Norway requires a Norwegian nurse license. Getting licensed costs about $US 150, and it takes about eight weeks before you get it mailed back to your home address. Then, just apply for a job as a certified nurse to get that dream vacancy of Nurse on offshore rigs in Norway.

Safety training
The safety course is mandatory for everyone who will be working on the oil platform in Norway. Without it, you simply do not go out to any platform. So it is best if you make sure to have arranged it before you apply for a job on the oil platform. The price for the safety course is between 20-30 thousand, but the money has quickly earned when you got a job at the platform. If you also have enough experience and credentials so that companies really need to have you as an employee, it is possible also to get the course for free.
How to Find Jobs in Norway
Some of the common jobs in the offshore sector in Norway
  • Roughneck
  • Drilling Supervisor
  • Driller
  • Assistant Driller
  • Tool Pusher
  • Coiled Tubing Operator
  • Coiled Tubing Superintendent
  • Wireline Operator
  • Wireline Supervisor
  • Helicopter pilot
  • Coiled Tubing Supervisor
  • Computer technician
  • Pumpman
  • Electrician
  • Roustabout
  • Derrickman
  • Insulator
  • Offshore cook
  • Crane operator
  • Crane operator assistant
  • Apprentice crane operator
  • Steward
  • Mud logger
  • Mud engineer
  • Painter
  • Scaffolder
  • Mechanic
  • Motorman
  • Radio operator
  • Subsea Engineer

Norway is one of the countries in the world with the highest economic growth since the 1970s and is a modern and highly developed industrial country. Their ever-rising prosperity has generated many jobs and led to a serious shortage of manpower. Job vacancies in Norway found in every industry, and therefore it is not hard to find something that suits you!

Most professional branches to find jobs in the industry (such as fish and oil industries), health care and hospitality, but also retail and commercial jobs are plentiful. Nav.no is the Norwegian equivalent of the Swedish Public Employment Service and works in much the same way. Here you can find jobs throughout Norway and to search by region, profession or qualifications, as in Sweden.

On Gulesider.no you can look up private companies and find things that are not advertised. Otherwise Arbetsformedlingen is a good search engine even for vacancies in Norway, and where you can also find good information on what that Swedish should consider before you set off to the neighboring country in the West.

How will the application look like?

Norwegians' resumé is designed in almost the same way and has no special requirements other than our Swedish criteria. The key is to keep it short and professional, introduce yourself as applicant for a specific position and highlight your skills. Merits and references can be crucial. Swedish is not an obstacle as long as you can communicate in English.

Of course, it is also the easiest to be in place in Norway, and search from there, since the vast majority of job openings are advertised in their own country. Personal contact and meeting with the employer can increase the chances of getting the job, whether it is an oil rig position or vacancy in other industry.

And, finally, the most important of all - do not give up! Be inventive and daring to take a chance, send your resumé and cover letter to companies even if they do not advertise vacancies. The more no you receive, the more likely is that the next answer will be yes.

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