Common Work Environments In Oil And Gas


Jobs in the oil and gas sector can take place on land, in the air or at sea, depending on the position you’re applying for.

To keep you in the loop, here’s a list of some of the sector’s most common work environments and the types of jobs located there.

This information will help you make informed decisions about where to hatch your career.

Read on to see where your future office could be!

Onshore drilling rig

Onshore drilling rigs dig into the earth, and drilling rig operators typically work shift or rotational schedules, usually at outdoor, remote locations. Most rigs typically construct “work camps” to accommodate employees who work far away from home. Camps provide cable, internet, gyms and other necessities. Some workers even raise their families at these camps!

Careers include: Rig Manager, Derrickhand, Motorhands, Security, Heavy Duty Technician

Industrial park

Industrial parks provide various on-site services to support ongoing operations in the industry. A park may contain oil refineries, warehouses, offices and other related facilities. They are also known as Business and Operations Support. Work environments can vary.

Occupations such as Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics work with stationary industrial materials and machinery, while human resources and administrative roles work in an office environment within the park.

Careers include: Administrative Clerks, Welders, Material Handlers, Construction Millwrights, Industrial Mechanics, Human Resources Professionals

Onshore administration

Onshore administration includes careers in office environments that support oil and gas projects. These may be located at industrial parks, in downtown office buildings or temporary offices at oil and gas sites. Accounting jobs usually remain inside, while Engineering and Geoscience jobs require travel for fieldwork.

Careers include: Accountant, Weather Forecaster, Purchasing Agent, Geologist, Reservoir Engineer

Gravity based structure (GBS)

The vertical columns of a gravity based structures (GBS) are planted in the sea floor, supporting a platform for oil production. Their large bases store oil, while the stable structure defends against winds and waves, increasing productivity.

Careers include: Driller, Directional Driller, Instrumentation Technician, Industrial Electrician, Marine Engineer, Marine Captain

Offshore drilling rig

Offshore drilling rigs extract oil and natural gas. Massive structures like the Henry Goodrich oil rig at Conception Bay off the coast of Newfoundland dive deep into the earth.

Careers include: Subsea Engineer, Well Testing Technician, Welder, Roughneck, Rig Superintendent

Floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel

FPSO vessels are large ships that store processing equipment, oil and hydrocarbons. After the processing stage is complete, an FSPO stores gas or oil in reserve until it can be loaded into tankers or pipelines.

Careers include: Offshore Crane Operator, Offshore Installation Manager, Radio Operator, Medic, Helicopter Pilot

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Sources: Oil and Gas Career Info, Careers in Oil and Gas

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