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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
wow man! the camps look like paradise compared to what I'm used to living in! Scotian you're a fucking godsend. Also, on another fucking note. I'm kind of into the Ecstasy/MDMA popping habit, so do you have any experience with guys who pop E? did they last, or is that a habit that's going get you in trouble out there? you said they have ways around shit, and i'm not putting you on the spot or anything, but there are ways around the piss test with shit like E right?
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Can you live in the camps if you are just doing simple work like kitchen or janitor work?

I may halt my travels an check this out. It seems like i could get back into my military bootcamp mentality if i stayed in the camps. I wouldnt have anything else to do other then work out, work on my spanish, read some books, play some xbox. An in the process i can make some money an pay some more of my houses off...... I dont have any trade skills you listed an honeslty not interested in learning any. But if i can make a $1000 or more a week washing dishes or changing trash cans im down, give me a ipod an im happy no matter what im doing. All this while working out everyday and working on my pimsluer an rosetta stone spanish an what not.

Cause i have been bouncing around asia for going on 4 months now an managed to work out maybe 5 or 6 times. Did maybe 3 rosetta stone exercises. I have however had a blast an met lots of nice women Smile But in the big picture of things i havent done much to improve upon myself....

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(05-01-2012 10:04 PM)Jayman77 Wrote:  wow man! the camps look like paradise compared to what I'm used to living in! Scotian you're a fucking godsend. Also, on another fucking note. I'm kind of into the Ecstasy/MDMA popping habit, so do you have any experience with guys who pop E? did they last, or is that a habit that's going get you in trouble out there? you said they have ways around shit, and i'm not putting you on the spot or anything, but there are ways around the piss test with shit like E right?

I like to party too but I leave that shit at home while I'm up north, that's how most guys roll, but of course, you can get that shit up here but be prepared to pay a premium price. I wouldn't recommend dropping E while working on an industrial site, you'll be in la la land then end up chopping your thumb off, or worse.

The way around the drug test is taking these drinks they sell at head shops or buying a bag of synthetic urine, yes, fake piss and using that in the test.

Dude, if you want a job up here, quit the hard partying, if you get a job you'll be too busy to even think about partying. I haven't had a beer in 2 weeks and its no big deal, but once I get back to Edmonton in ten days, watch out!

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(05-02-2012 05:05 AM)Cr33pin Wrote:  Can you live in the camps if you are just doing simple work like kitchen or janitor work?

I may halt my travels an check this out. It seems like i could get back into my military bootcamp mentality if i stayed in the camps. I wouldnt have anything else to do other then work out, work on my spanish, read some books, play some xbox. An in the process i can make some money an pay some more of my houses off...... I dont have any trade skills you listed an honeslty not interested in learning any. But if i can make a $1000 or more a week washing dishes or changing trash cans im down, give me a ipod an im happy no matter what im doing. All this while working out everyday and working on my pimsluer an rosetta stone spanish an what not.

Cause i have been bouncing around asia for going on 4 months now an managed to work out maybe 5 or 6 times. Did maybe 3 rosetta stone exercises. I have however had a blast an met lots of nice women Smile But in the big picture of things i havent done much to improve upon myself....

All camp staff (kitchen, security, janitorial, etc) live in camp and generally work 21 days on, 7 off. Since its not skilled work, it will be hard to get this type of job if you aren't Canadian, are you?

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I would love to get into something like this.
But I feel like guys in this job are big stocky looking Mofos.

How would a small guy fair out in a field like this

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(05-02-2012 05:43 AM)scotian Wrote:  All camp staff (kitchen, security, janitorial, etc) live in camp and generally work 21 days on, 7 off. Since its not skilled work, it will be hard to get this type of job if you aren't Canadian, are you?

No im American... So without a skill it would not be easy to find a job there?

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(05-02-2012 06:06 AM)Sourcecode Wrote:  I would love to get into something like this.
But I feel like guys in this job are big stocky looking Mofos.

How would a small guy fair out in a field like this

I'm 163 cm tall bro, if I can't reach something, I get a ladder.

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(05-02-2012 06:08 AM)Cr33pin Wrote:  
(05-02-2012 05:43 AM)scotian Wrote:  All camp staff (kitchen, security, janitorial, etc) live in camp and generally work 21 days on, 7 off. Since its not skilled work, it will be hard to get this type of job if you aren't Canadian, are you?

No im American... So without a skill it would not be easy to find a job there?

Its not impossible, just harder. It would make more sense to acquire a skill stateside then come up north.

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(05-02-2012 06:06 AM)Sourcecode Wrote:  I would love to get into something like this.
But I feel like guys in this job are big stocky looking Mofos.

How would a small guy fair out in a field like this

dude honestly, don't be intimidated by bigger dudes. most likely, they feel superior and expect you to look away and act scared in their presence. look them straight in the eye and show them that you're not scared. you'll gain their respect and not look like a pussy afterwards; just do your work and shut the fuck up, and don't take shit from anybody, and i guarantee you, you'll be fine.
05-03-2012 02:02 AM
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I like to party too but I leave that shit at home while I'm up north, that's how most guys roll, but of course, you can get that shit up here but be prepared to pay a premium price. I wouldn't recommend dropping E while working on an industrial site, you'll be in la la land then end up chopping your thumb off, or worse.

The way around the drug test is taking these drinks they sell at head shops or buying a bag of synthetic urine, yes, fake piss and using that in the test.

Dude, if you want a job up here, quit the hard partying, if you get a job you'll be too busy to even think about partying. I haven't had a beer in 2 weeks and its no big deal, but once I get back to Edmonton in ten days, watch out!
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I figured that, but partying is in my nature. I only want to come out west to work hard and get payed well, so staying clean and not fucking around isn't a problem.
But the move is a big step in my life. I'll be leaving everything behind to pursue a lifestyle so foreign to me; i don't think i can take it without messing up.
everything sounds too good to be true, and also sounds like the wild west with cowboys and shit. I'm 98% sure i'll go, but I know it will either make or break me out there. damn i have so much respect for you guys that have have made it out there; it's sounds so fuckin hard.
if i do make it out there by Christmas Scotian, you should link me up and party like the fuckin rolling stones. you sound like a chilled guy.
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(05-02-2012 06:06 AM)Sourcecode Wrote:  I would love to get into something like this.
But I feel like guys in this job are big stocky looking Mofos.

How would a small guy fair out in a field like this
i would not let that get in the way of making good money homie. i'm only 5'8 and skinny. who cares?
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(05-03-2012 04:29 AM)houston Wrote:  i would not let that get in the way of making good money homie. i'm only 5'8 and skinny. who cares?
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(05-03-2012 04:45 AM)Cr33pin Wrote:  
(05-03-2012 04:29 AM)houston Wrote:  i would not let that get in the way of making good money homie. i'm only 5'8 and skinny. who cares?
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hey scotian could you specify a little more (name) on the kind of jobs that a young guy, with no experience can get? i turn 18 in a month and i the first thing i want to do is start working at a place like this. i looked at your links, but i didnt find any info.
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(05-03-2012 07:30 PM)ibaguesucks305 Wrote:  hey scotian could you specify a little more (name) on the kind of jobs that a young guy, with no experience can get? i turn 18 in a month and i the first thing i want to do is start working at a place like this. i looked at your links, but i didnt find any info.

Labour positions are the best way to get in the door, work hard and prove yourself and you can quickly work your way up to something better. I've posted the names of several companies throughout this thread, check out their websites and see if they have any entry-level, labour type positions. These will be hard to get into if you're not Canadian, as we have no shortage of unskilled labour here, if you're a foreigner, its best to acquire a skill before you try to enter into Canada.

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Hey Scotian,
Just wondering if you may have any information on Grande Piarie as I and some buddies will be heading out therre in either August or September. They all have jobs except for me and I was wondering if it's better for me to go too Fort Macmurray first or go right here. I'm fresh out of HS btw.
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(05-17-2012 07:11 PM)PROD3GY Wrote:  Hey Scotian,
Just wondering if you may have any information on Grande Piarie as I and some buddies will be heading out therre in either August or September. They all have jobs except for me and I was wondering if it's better for me to go too Fort Macmurray first or go right here. I'm fresh out of HS btw.

Depends on what you're looking to do, GP is more of a drilling town while Fort Mac is oil sands (refinery type work) although there is also some drilling there too. I've never been to GP so can't say much about it but most people I know who've been there don't have great things to say about the town. You should be able to find work easily in both places, may be better to hit up GP since you have have buddies there.

Tapanar, thanks for posting those links, those are great articles and show very well just how immense the size of these projects in the oil sands are. I'm actually working close to Christina Lake now on a SAGD project about 2.5 hours SE of Fort mac.

Guys, I've been back up here in camp for a month now and haven't been this busy in a long time, everyone else I know is really busy now too, I just hope that the price of oil doesn't shit the bed too hard, its dropped quite a bit lately!

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im determined to be out there by next summer making a bit of paper and starting some sort of life.il shovel shit for all i care lol
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(05-20-2012 05:58 AM)alecks Wrote:  im determined to be out there by next summer making a bit of paper and starting some sort of life.il shovel shit for all i care lol

yea man, i would go spend some time there as a dish washer an be happy
i could go to the gym work on my spanish an read some books

but apparently its not easy for americans to get the BS jobs

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(05-20-2012 11:15 AM)Cr33pin Wrote:  
(05-20-2012 05:58 AM)alecks Wrote:  im determined to be out there by next summer making a bit of paper and starting some sort of life.il shovel shit for all i care lol

yea man, i would go spend some time there as a dish washer an be happy
i could go to the gym work on my spanish an read some books

but apparently its not easy for americans to get the BS jobs

Move to North Dakota

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whats in north dakota

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(05-20-2012 10:16 PM)Cr33pin Wrote:  whats in north dakota

The American version of modern energy boomtowns.

Check out MikeCF's thread Move to North Dakota.

Also, this news article: ND becomes nation's 2nd-largest oil producer

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Scotian, do you ever bump into any NDT/NDI inspectors up there?? They would likely be using radiography or Ultrasonics???
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(05-20-2012 10:36 PM)ukjw Wrote:  Scotian, do you ever bump into any NDT/NDI inspectors up there?? They would likely be using radiography or Ultrasonics???

Yup, lots of work for those guys.

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