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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!
(04-02-2013 10:00 AM)scotian Wrote:  
(04-01-2013 08:48 PM)vulcannomad Wrote:  Came across this thread searching for information on Fort Mac. Been thinking of transferring there for awhile. I have what they say is the best job in the valley(southern Ontario), steady maintenance for 7 years, same company for 12. They keep making changes and now I am down to two-4 day weeks a month. Happy Fridays aren't so happy. I would be looking at a 11/3 shift through my current company, but I have a wife and 4 daughters and would have to live in Fort Mac. I can't calculate what my wages would equal because I know there has been some messing around with O/T hours with the unions out there. How do they calculate your pay on these types of rotations? Is it crazy to consider this move knowing that I would have to live in town? I see most of the guys here commute from Edmonton or Calgary- that won't be an option for me. Does anyone know how much you take home on a 11/3 shift for a union journeyman scaffolder? Having a hard time getting any answers anywhere else. Seems to be a guarded secret.

I could also leave my company and work union in northern BC. Anyone have an opinion on that? I hear there's lots of work there too...

This thread has been very helpful. It's the best oilsands info out there. It is definitely making me consider my options. Thanks.

I've never heard of an 11/3 shift, that sounds crazy, I know guys who work 10/4 and it sucks, you work 10 days straight, go back to Edmonton or Calgary and barely have enough time to unwind, get drunk and sleep in for a couple of day, then you're back to work. I much prefer 14/7.

You shouldn't have a problem finding a company that has 14/7 or 21/7 or similar shifts. If they only fly to Etown or Calgary then you'll have to pay your own flights home, there's multiple flight to Tdot everyday from both cities (Fort Mac as well) and if your employer isn't willing to pay, then you can claim some of the costs incurred on your taxes, here's some info about that:

Thanks Scotian. Ya 11/3 isn't great but I'd be living in town so home every night. That's the run my company is doing right now there in Fort Mac. I know I could go with other companies, and I might, but been with this company 12 years. Hard decisions ahead. If I make the move, I wanna work. 40 hours a week just isn't working out. When there's overtime, its good but then its catchup time. Been foreman here a couple years and still make less an hour then a JM scaffolder in Alberta. Time to get out of Ontario...everythings closing up and shutting down around here.
04-03-2013 09:45 AM
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Risks, opportunities, import/export - OSL - 03-16-2013, 06:58 AM
RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - vulcannomad - 04-03-2013 09:45 AM