Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!

chicane

Woodpecker
Gold Member
Ski pro said:
I have no idea about any of the technical terms or industry that you guys are talking about but I love this thread. It sounds like the Wild West.

P.s. you guys are pussies, -20 is nothing ;)
-20C is rather chilly. -20F is downright cold.
 

scotian

Crow
Gold Member
-20 isn't too bad, its when its dips below -30 that it gets really chilly, there's even times when cities in Alberta are the coldest on earth which is why I haven't worked a full winter there in eight years.

Fort Sask chillier than the coldest town on earth

Fort Saskatchewan is cooler than the coldest continually inhabited town on earth - Oymyakon, Russia.

The Russian town was at -31 C with the wind chill this morning (Dec.29), while the Fort dropped to -45 C.
https://fortsaskonline.com/local/fort-sask-colder-than-the-coldest-town-on-earth
 

Kdog

 
Yea fuck winter. -30, no thanks. Last year on Christmas day in my hometown (central Canada), it was -48C with the windchill.
 

Cattle Rustler

Crow
Gold Member
Ski pro said:
I have no idea about any of the technical terms or industry that you guys are talking about but I love this thread. It sounds like the Wild West.

P.s. you guys are pussies, -20 is nothing ;)
I meant -20F (-29C) Brahsef, come to Oklahoma or North Dakota. Actually ND gets to -50C in the winter.

Much of it is not the temperature but the terrain. ND to OK is the Great Plains region, and also the region where the Dust Bowl occurred. So there are no fucking trees, mostly grass....and a lot of wind. -10 with no wind is not that bad, just put on a couple of layers and you're good.

When the wind shows up it's when I start wondering what the fuck I'm doing out here. There's no where to hide from the wind and it gets to your bones. Being that bundled up restricts your arm motion so you can't swing a hammer that efficiently...and your hands get frozen/frostbitten when handling wet hoses.

At least during the last boom we had heated porta potties, this time we get shitters that might have a crease that lets the wind in while you're taking a shit...it gives you a "cool" sensation in your butthole :tard::banana:

At least North Dakota and Wyoming have rig/frac locations that are winterized for cold and some have wind walls. Oklahoma locations don't since it's not expected to get that cold...and when it does, the fun starts 'cause you're fucked. :banana:

I know you're fucking with me but just wanted to give you and example.
 

scotian

Crow
Gold Member
CR, I have an RVF buddy I personally met lately who is an accountant from the NE and he is wondering if there's high paying field positions (non office) for guys like him in the US oil patch?

I figure that a guy would have to spend 6-12 months "on the tools" to get an idea how the company works before transitioning into a field level supervisor job. What are your thoughts?
 
Cattle Rustler said:
Ski pro said:
I have no idea about any of the technical terms or industry that you guys are talking about but I love this thread. It sounds like the Wild West.

P.s. you guys are pussies, -20 is nothing ;)
I meant -20F (-29C) Brahsef, come to Oklahoma or North Dakota. Actually ND gets to -50C in the winter.

Much of it is not the temperature but the terrain. ND to OK is the Great Plains region, and also the region where the Dust Bowl occurred. So there are no fucking trees, mostly grass....and a lot of wind. -10 with no wind is not that bad, just put on a couple of layers and you're good.

When the wind shows up it's when I start wondering what the fuck I'm doing out here. There's no where to hide from the wind and it gets to your bones. Being that bundled up restricts your arm motion so you can't swing a hammer that efficiently...and your hands get frozen/frostbitten when handling wet hoses.

At least during the last boom we had heated porta potties, this time we get shitters that might have a crease that lets the wind in while you're taking a shit...it gives you a "cool" sensation in your butthole :tard::banana:

At least North Dakota and Wyoming have rig/frac locations that are winterized for cold and some have wind walls. Oklahoma locations don't since it's not expected to get that cold...and when it does, the fun starts 'cause you're fucked. :banana:

I know you're fucking with me but just wanted to give you and example.
Fair play to you. I meant -20c, in January were often up there all day in that and it’s so cold your ski boots freeze making it impossible to get them off.

Keep at it, and enjoy the summer, it’ll soon be winter. I’m going to keep checking in on this thread, I have no idea what you’re all doing but I love it.
 

rdvirus

Woodpecker
Got a roughneck gig, heading out next week. It's been 4 years since I was out there last. No camp this time around. Should be able to bank some extra dough with the live out allowance...!
 

Cattle Rustler

Crow
Gold Member
Kdog said:
I am happy to report that the oil patch has rebounded quite a bit. After a 3 year absence I came back to Canada to work in the patch again while it is warm. I decided to go right into the quick money and got myself on with a drilling rig through a buddy who has been in the drilling industry for 5+ years. The amount of jobs out there again is back to levels before the recession. My friend and I had a few days before starting on the upcoming project with the drilling company, and we wanted just to see our options. We drove to Red Deer, and then on to Edmonton. Almost every office we walked into we had job offers on the spot. My friend (who has a class 1) dropped his resume off at a fracking company office in Red Deer, and an hour later he got a phone call and an offer for a fly in fly out gig.
I won't say its back to levels of 5 years ago, but if you hit the ground and have some tickets already, there is tons of high paying gigs around again.

As for my job, I am getting used to the longer days and being outside again since I have been working on a laptop for the past 2+ years. I am already getting quite in shape and enjoying the 'fuck off' banter with the guys I work with. I am making wicked money and also making bank on my $140 a day LOA, living way below my means. I am planning to do this until the end of October/ November before snow fall, and aiming to bank around $30,000+ from now till then. I will keep you guys posted as I would love to bring life back into this thread that has changed many lives and saved many asses.
rdvirus said:
Got a roughneck gig, heading out next week. It's been 4 years since I was out there last. No camp this time around. Should be able to bank some extra dough with the live out allowance...!
I'm surprised one of y'all haven't said "Fuck, Fight, Trip Pipe!" yet.

scotian said:
CR, I have an RVF buddy I personally met lately who is an accountant from the NE and he is wondering if there's high paying field positions (non office) for guys like him in the US oil patch?

I figure that a guy would have to spend 6-12 months "on the tools" to get an idea how the company works before transitioning into a field level supervisor job. What are your thoughts?
Yeah, there's plenty of positions. Even more positions will open if he gets his CDL Permit, they'll train him to pass the license.

The NE has work (PA/OH/WV) and in need of hands. West Texas has the most opportunities since they'll hire anyone that can pass a hair test and has a pulse. Some companies out here are desperate enough that they hire kids straight out of high school. I used to be an office manager/acct guy so I know it's possible to make it out here in the field.

And that means that if he makes a good hand they'll have him train in the wireline shooters cab by his 8th or 9th month or ask him to become a frac supervisor in training around the same time frame. It happens all the time since the turnover is huge and companies are adding fleets all over the place. My company moved me to the engineering side like 4 months in, and now I can sort of call the frac jobs. The old school guys get upset at this shit because they had to put in years...but those fucks got in during stable times, not booms.

Shit, Halliburton has a yard in the RVF mythical place....Zanesville, Ohio! He could try going there and see if the Zanesville legend is true. But I'll try another company since they pay 13.50 for 90 days then switch you to 16, shitty pay in my opinon. Some places start you at $18-19/hr.
 

germanico

Hummingbird
Gold Member
Cattle Rustler said:
Shit, Halliburton has a yard in the RVF mythical place....Zanesville, Ohio! He could try going there and see if the Zanesville legend is true. But I'll try another company since they pay 13.50 for 90 days then switch you to 16, shitty pay in my opinon. Some places start you at $18-19/hr.
Makes me want to try my luck for a few months across the river.
 
I've been monitoring this thread for several days now. The amount of useful data here is astonishing. However, it seems like almost everyone who worked there is from either Canada or the US.

Is it even possible to get a job there as EU citizen by applying to various job postings online? I'm assuming that if anyone pulled that off he must have had a trade or previous job experience in the field, but what if I'm simply a muscle without any skills and experience who's not qualified to be anything other than a roughneck? Also, what sites would you recommend?
 

komatiite

Pelican
Gold Member
Cattle Rustler it seems like you are really moving up and doing well in the patch — great to see, I remember s couple years ago you were a keen poster on this thread just about ready to take the plunge. Really happy to see your progress in the industry dude.

What is a typical program in west Texas? Plug and perf I imagine, how much sand per stage? How many stages? All slickwater? Is it almost always the Wolfcamp formation?
 

Cattle Rustler

Crow
Gold Member
komatiite said:
Cattle Rustler it seems like you are really moving up and doing well in the patch — great to see, I remember s couple years ago you were a keen poster on this thread just about ready to take the plunge. Really happy to see your progress in the industry dude.

What is a typical program in west Texas? Plug and perf I imagine, how much sand per stage? How many stages? All slickwater? Is it almost always the Wolfcamp formation?
I'm not in WTX, and I'd refuse to go that shit hole if sent there. Fucking US 285 has accidents all the time. I'm doing mostly STACK jobs with some Eagle Ford and SCOOP fracs sprinkled in the mix.

But yeah, PnP all around. Only had one ball and sleeve job. Usually it's around 50 stages per well and 500K sand with the occasional oddball that uses less. 80% Slicks with a rare gel job and only in STX have I seen folks use X-linkers. I'll add some detail via PM. It's not like the old days anymore where they want to experiment with resin coated stuff or ceramic sand...just slicks, 100m+30/50m sand, and horsepower.

Most of this stuff is basic forum stuff....have some work ethic and make a hand. Most guys who job hop from company to company for a dollar raise don't make it far up since they quit so soon as EO1. Stay somewhere, learn shit, go on EO 1 -> EO2 -> EO3 or Fluid Tech 1 -> 2 -> 3....and now you can jump elsewhere and not being a EO1 or basic floorhand.

@Germanico: Vente wey, if you come I can get you in where I'm at.
 
complete newb here so forgive my ignorance. but is there any way i can work the oil fields in the middle east and make decent money? i graduated high school but dropped out of college. im only 20, american, and i have zero experience in the oil industry. what would be the first steps to take to work the fields in the US or middle east?
 

scotian

Crow
Gold Member
echelon said:
complete newb here so forgive my ignorance. but is there any way i can work the oil fields in the middle east and make decent money? i graduated high school but dropped out of college. im only 20, american, and i have zero experience in the oil industry. what would be the first steps to take to work the fields in the US or middle east?
As far as I know the only expat types working in the middle east are highly skilled and experienced guys with 10+ years on the tools or experienced engineers who work the lucrative middle east jobs. The entry level and hands on types (tradesmen, labourers, etc) are mostly South Asians and Filipinos who work for peanuts.

If you're a US citizen and want to get into oil and gas, get your ass to Texas and pay attention to what Cattle Rustler is writing here.
 

Tresdus

Woodpecker
3 more exams to get my bachelor degree and then I'll have enough points to apply for PR to Canada. Counting the days till I can move back

Mr_Assmaster said:
I've been monitoring this thread for several days now. The amount of useful data here is astonishing. However, it seems like almost everyone who worked there is from either Canada or the US.

Is it even possible to get a job there as EU citizen by applying to various job postings online? I'm assuming that if anyone pulled that off he must have had a trade or previous job experience in the field, but what if I'm simply a muscle without any skills and experience who's not qualified to be anything other than a roughneck? Also, what sites would you recommend?
Don't monitor the thread, actually read it. There's like a dozen guys that came from overseas.
 

scotian

Crow
Gold Member
echelon said:
do entry level jobs for offshore rigs pay a lot more than land? what would the general figures be?
The only unskilled jobs that I know of on an offshore rig would be cleaners and kitchen staff and even they need to do the offshore survival training course which in Canada is about $2500 US, probably similar down there. You'd be better off getting experience on a drilling rig onshore before trying to get offshore.

hedonist said:
Meant to be a bunch of work coming up soon in Ontario in the nuclear area but unionized
Ya it's going on now, huge expansion at Darlington. I tried to get on but can't pass the security clearance, oh well, oil biz it is!
 
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