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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!
@Irishman - directional drilling can be good, lucrative work. in the States we would hire horizontal directional drilling (HDD) crews for natural gas main laying in difficult areas, under railroads, etc. Obviously big on oil jobs as well. They got very good pay compared to regular contractors, and there weren't many competitors.

Another position to consider is heavy machinery operator. A good backhoe operator (you know, the ones who can excavate around a 3/4" leaking gas service buried 2 meters deep at night in the pouring rain) is always needed, and its less back breaking work than being the guy in the hole welding.

Another idea for guys who prefer to use their heads more than their backs, but still want to be in the field and not the office, is cathodic protection. This can include coating steel pipes, running anodes near pipes, painting structures, checking voltage at test stations, etc. For those with a basic understanding of electicity.
09-04-2012 03:49 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - Sabra - 09-04-2012 03:49 PM
Risks, opportunities, import/export - OSL - 03-16-2013, 06:58 AM