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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!
(11-11-2012 05:54 PM)Pipe bender Wrote:  How’s it going everyone, hope your all doing well. I’ve been eary wigging on this blog for months. It’s been fantastic, informative & fun to follow and hopefully helps change my life for the good. Thanks a million to all the input, Scotian & his followers.
I’m from Ireland, a Pipefitter/Plumber. I sent out my CV to lot of companies in May’12. Received a letter of offer within weeks. The AAIT in Alberta have assessed and temporarily approved my existing Steamfitter/Pipefitter qualifications from Ireland and I’m due to arrive out before end of this month fingers crossed.
When I was sent the initial job offer, I noticed it was cc,d at least 20 others. But in the last few emails I’ve received its only cc’d to another 3 people. Maybe the others just dropped out.
I’ve jumped from one trade to another when needs must. You have to move with the flow, bend the rule book. In the university of life we soon realize how diverse you need to be in life career ways. After a few weeks in a trade you’ll be as confident as most others. Move on or you’ll miss the boat, you can always fall back on it. If you were born in a stable it wouldn’t make you a horse so never let your trade or occupation own you.
That’s my thoughts anyway!
Can I ask;
What’s the typical % deductions from a weeks wages in Alberta ie Tax etc…?
What’s camp lifes most essential must haves for your room and for working on site?

Good luck with the big move man and make sure you bring some warm clothes because you'll need them. I'm not sure what the exact tax rates are, I stopped looking at my cheques because it depresses me but you'll pay federal taxes and Alberta provincial taxes, you can look up both on line.

As for camp essentials, I think I've already listed them on the thread but I would say flip flop sandals for the showers, any medication or vitamins/supplements, cigarettes if you smoke, a lap top PC, ethernet cable if there's no wi-fi. When you get a cell phone in Canada make sure the provider knows you're going up north out of the three big cell companies in Canada (Telus, Bell, Rogers) I think that Telus has the best coverage in northern Alberta.

The companies usually provide you with basic work clothes like coveralls, rain coat, rubber boots, gloves but its up to you to buy things like insulated boots, socks, thermal under wear, etc. All of that is available at Mark's Work Warehouse in any Canadian city.

Don’t sweat the petty things, pet the sweaty things.
11-12-2012 12:07 AM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - scotian - 11-12-2012 12:07 AM
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