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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!
(07-05-2013 04:50 PM)HoustontoEdmonton Wrote:  Hey guys, been reading this thread for a long time and this is my first post.

I'm from Houston, TX and I have been a student there for a while. Lots of student loan debt and generally being poor as fuck has taken its toll on me. When I came across this and various other threads I decided I'd roll the dice and come up. I worked a shitty full-time security guard job back in late March (9 bucks an hour!) while going to school in the morning, so I didn't sleep much. Saved up a decent amount although by oil sands standards it wasn't shit. Most of the money went to plane ticket, certifications (WHMIS, CSTS) and the SWAP program that allows me to legally work in Canada. Got my work permit and my SIN and I'm currently in Edmonton. I've been applying to places online/faxing resumes and calling people but I'm starting to get a little confused/discouraged as to how I'm gonna be able to get a camp job. I'm working a temp job right now in Edmonton but that's not what I came up here for. (when I told my boss what I'm doing he was like, "Wow you have balls", seems to be the general reaction most people have)

I have another week before I need to check out of my hostel for at least 7 days and money/time are running out. People are telling me to go to Nisku to apply in person, so I'm gonna try to get out there on Monday or Tues. Dont wanna fuck my temp job up though and that's 8 hrs a day during the week. I feel like I'm really close but there's something I'm missing. Need to get in a camp ASAP I don't care if it's general construction labourer or fucking janitor work, as long as I have camp then I can get my foot in the door.

Good luck man, glad to see you made it up to Etown, don't get too discouraged if you don't land a camp job right away, they aren't always that easy to land, in fact I'd say that the majority of the guys who've moved to Alberta from this forum aren't working in camps. Try to get some experience in a relevant skill or trade that could get you work up north, and keep applying. Usually the temp jobs will let you have a day off once in awhile, see what they say. I would apply to the big oil field services companies such as Weatherford, Schlumberger, Halliburton, etc, since you're a US citizen they would be keen to hire you on because you can easily work in both countries.

I'm curious about the SWAP program that you got into Canada on as a US citizen, can you tell us more about that?

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(This post was last modified: 07-05-2013 05:54 PM by scotian.)
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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! - scotian - 07-05-2013 05:49 PM