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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
@scotian - I take your point about the green jobs. It's been a lot of starts and stops the last few years. But the bottom line remains - oil and NG keep getting more expensive to produce as the low hanging fruit (or low-buried oil, as it were) gets used up. Meanwhile the price on alt energy keeps dropping.

Wouldn't call it a boom like NG, but it's gonna keep growing. Take a look at wind power in northern Europe (UK, scandanavia) for instance.

These types of jobs need maintenance just the same as any fossil fuel jobs. Start off with a large construction crew, then trim down for O&M. Cleaning solar cells, maintaining turbines, patching geothermal piping, etc etc. As you say, it's still tiny compared to the oil industry, but IMO this is the future and it pays to be an early mover.

And the big advantage of the type of skilled work you and I are talking about, whether oil gas or other, is that they will always be in demand around the world.

You mentioned Australia. Uranium mining is big industry there for nuclear power and they offer similar contracts to those you described in the oil sands.

@alecks - if you're planning on working on pipelines, which can be very lucrative, consider TIG (GTAW) certification. But this isn't exactly 'beginner welding'. Also would focus on carbon steel to start, this will cover the majority of pipe welds unless it's very low temperature or corrosive piping and they may be using SS.

Stick (electrode) welding is where most people start learning, and is more common for structural welding than for pipes.
08-27-2012 08:20 AM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - Sabra - 08-27-2012 08:20 AM
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