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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!
I'm going to be cocky here but add me to the list. A service provider gave me an offer. Pretty much 4X my income. Thank you again scotian. I have a lot of people to thank as well as work to do for the next few hours. I still have no idea how the company found me, maybe one of the thousands of job applications I have sent over the years finally hit their mark.

I elaborated here and for anybody that wants to turn their life around opportunities are always out there you just have to put yourself out there:
https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-57296...pid1946668

(09-21-2018 09:31 AM)kosko Wrote:  For the folks who stay ignorant and hating and not improving their situation during these Trump years, it will be bleak and cold once the good times stop.
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03-01-2019 04:11 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
There are a couple of companies hiring Canadians down in New Mexico/Texas....pay isn't great and they must be making a mint off the Canadian workers.....still its gotta beat -40!
03-05-2019 07:08 AM
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(03-05-2019 07:08 AM)hedonist Wrote:  There are a couple of companies hiring Canadians down in New Mexico/Texas....pay isn't great and they must be making a mint off the Canadian workers.....still its gotta beat -40!

I talked to a baker tech up here who has been sent to Texas several times this year. They're having trouble holding on to guys. He said they're so busy there that everyone keeps jumping ship to go elsewhere for more pay haha. I just applied to a few gigs in Texas, maybe some Americans will be willing to train me in the skills I want that these Canadians refuse to do. Would love to get on a rotation there if I wanted to stay in this industry full-time.
03-05-2019 02:26 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
Is this still legit? I’m down?
03-07-2019 06:38 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
It’s not as good as it once was, the glory days are gone but some of us are still doing fairly well.

God damned them all, I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold, we'd fire no guns-shed no tears, now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier, the last of Barrett's privateers!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
Haven't posted in a while. I got into the oil field, and got a pretty shitty job. But I did make a lot of connections as to where some guys with a company said I could probably apply with a cdl permit and get a much better job by the end of the month just because there was a huge shortage of drivers on their shift.

One thing I noticed is the insane turnover rates. only 5 guys have stayed with the company longer than 6 months. in the past month we lost all the night shift guys ( 5-8 guys, not being specific) and the company had to hire literally anyone to make up for it. I'm about to jump ship also, got my foot in the door and i'd be a fool to let it go to waste.
03-09-2019 06:31 AM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
^^

I might eat my words but as long as you're getting paid more money work is work. I bumped into an excoworker of mine months ago who currently works at TSA and as far as I know he wouldn't come back to the food industry for a significant paycut. You could always work a "balanced" job like some of the food industry jobs I've worked and still be unhappy.

I will say this since day 1 I'm not going to be working in the oil industry forever I will be reinvesting my money into location independent businesses. I know I can multiply my income now and not settle for scraps. Always be making dat $$$$

(09-21-2018 09:31 AM)kosko Wrote:  For the folks who stay ignorant and hating and not improving their situation during these Trump years, it will be bleak and cold once the good times stop.
03-09-2019 09:42 AM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
Hey guys, I need some advice.

I was on here years ago and took the plunge and did very well out in the patch before the oil price tanked. Since then Ive been living around the world, the last couple years in a former Soviet country loving every minute of it, but..

Now, I am coming back to Canada to seek some better paying and work and building myself up again for a permanent future. I need some advice where are some of the best places to find decent paying work these days and or what industries and companies? I am completely out of the loop.

Cheers.
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
1st week on the job here are my thoughts:

The industry is dangerous. Chemicals can kill you, someone could forget to inspect a scaffold, etc. If you're scared of heights I strongly suggest you take up rock climbing. On the first night I worked EMTs attended someone who was unconscious in the parking lot. Like Scotian said this isn't for everyone. In my case I need to pay off debt and wanted to leave the food industry because I was tired of the shit I had to deal with. I currently work the night shift 7PM-5:30AM and don't like it. I once had a 2 hour commute because I compete with the morning rush people and something happened where the lanes were jammed. A couple of my coworkers have commutes in the 1-1.5 hour range. You will meet very interesting people (brash 19 year olds, ex-business owners, vets, etc) and it's not unheard of for guys in their 50s to be working 16 hour days. I personally don't want to do this long term. I can't speak for everyone but in my company people work about 8 months out of the year. Financially speaking don't blow your paycheck on stupid stuff and you will not have to do this forever. Oil is cyclical so don't be the guy that buys a new truck and when they lay you off you have no idea how to pay that off.

The good:
The pay is in OT. Off the bat I rack in OT, something I rarely got in the food industry. Some companies will fly you out and give you per diem. There's a fair amount of downtime but have been told work can ramp up next week. I wish I could show you all the books, audiobooks, and podcasts I've knocked out in a matter of days. This is definitely a Fastlane option for MJ DeMarco fans here. Do this for a couple years and start your business.

And yes liberals (losers) get pissed off with what you do. My policy is to tell people I do janitorial work and change the conversation.

Going beyond the job
I have a degree and can always transition into that. Not sure if anyone on the thread mentioned this but I might transition into oil sales careers. I noticed a particular equipment company advertising their hardware and thought I could do that.

(09-21-2018 09:31 AM)kosko Wrote:  For the folks who stay ignorant and hating and not improving their situation during these Trump years, it will be bleak and cold once the good times stop.
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
Anyone do power generation in this field? Wrench on emergency generators?
03-25-2019 12:34 AM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
Well Alberta is officially dead for my trade. I came back from Latin America and blasted off resumes and checked out the union but heard absolutely nothing back.

Different story in BC. Blasted resumes out and got a job within a week. It's booming but you're going to make half of what you would in Alberta. There's a weird vibe too. Alberta was just giverrr. Here it seems like work life balance actually is the selling point in the lower mainland. Will be interesting to see how things go.
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
Hi scotian,
I am 40 y young and PhD in geochemistry/Radiation protection. I have German/British dual nationality and speak also French. Do you happen to know whether there is demand for someone with my qualifications in the oil sands Industry?
Kind regards
04-20-2019 08:36 PM
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