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Climbing the Ladder: How to Land Oil Rig Jobs With Big Potential

Our work at Viking West is based on finding ways to augment machines with helpful attachments that are cost competitive, guarantee safety, and get the job done quick.

No small order, right?

Well, the best way to go about the process of building these attachments is to talk to people. This means we have a lot of discussions with original equipment manufacturers, dealers, and hard working men and women committed to the drilling industry.

Fortunately, we’ve watched a lot of colleagues work with new recruits who have been positive additions and able to climb the ladder in their respective companies. It’s not easy – particularly given the state of the economy and the imbalance between oil’s supply and demand – but now more than ever, valuable resources will rise to the top.

Here’s a few ways to find a valuable fit, followed by ensuring you are a valuable fit.

Evaluating Potential

The first perspective we’re going to consider is that of the potential employee, he or she on the job-hunt. In order to prove yourself a valuable asset, it’s important to determine the opportunity awaiting for you.

  • What do the company’s future prospects look like?
  • Does the company have a void you could fill with unique skills?
  • Can you push the business over the top?


If there’s a fit in terms of financial logistics, that’s great news. The next step is determining fit based on the company’s values, mission statement, and how its employees and contractors conduct themselves on a day to day basis.

In short, can you see yourself fitting into the culture of this company? If we’re all yes’s so far, let’s assume you’ve snagged the job. Now it’s time to perform.

Performance in Entry Level Positions

Some companies call them floorhands, others leasehands, but one thing is for sure, all hands must be on deck and ready to go when you’re working in an entry level position. You might be tasked with general labour and maintenance responsibilities, but if you’re eyeing an ascension up the company corporate hierarchy, it’s probably a good idea to do the best job you can possibly do no matter what.

It happens to educated recruits with tangible, technical expertise; it happens to veterans who’ve spent years in the industry – but it’s beneficial to buy into the new guy mentality.

And just because you’re busy with entry level tasks doesn’t mean you can’t learn more about how the work is done and how you can move up through the system.

Acquiring Technical Expertise

The level up from entry level is one of the sweet spots in the drilling industry, both from the deckhand’s perspective and the perspective of the company.

Why? Because these positions are based on value contracts. The worker is ambitious, eager, and focused on improving their skills moreso than they’re worried about their salary. This is the level where people get to work on more sophisticated drilling rigs and machinery. They’re contributing to the work of the company and well on their way to becoming a valued member as they climb the ladder.

We’ll stop here, because it’s important to learn the ropes before moving into management positions. There’s big benefit to learning the ins and outs of a company. if you can do that at an entry level position, you’ll be well on your way toward leveraging that into more responsibility, more input, and eventually a greater salary.

Everybody wins!

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