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post #1 of 13 Old 10-06-2006, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Saying Goodbye

As some of you know I work for Ensign Drilling here in California. One of the largest oil drilling companies in the world. Aslo one of the deadliest jobs. I roughneck on a offshore platform rig 30 miles off the coast of Ventura/ Santa Barbra. I been a Roughneck all my life. I been going to school for the last 3 years getting certs and what not for diving. I recenty completed all my certs. Ensign offerd me a diving position on my rig. Fixing, welding, rescue and that sort of stuff. I will be on the rig for a month at a time, then off for 3 weeks. Then the schedule repeats itself. Ensign is going to give me $14,000 a month to take this position. I accepted. So needless to say I will not be on the forums as much as I was unless they have internet access on the rig. If so it may be restricted to family emails and stuff. This forum is one of the best Ive known. I will post on here as often as I can. See you later friends!

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-06-2006, 05:35 PM
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Good luck and be safe man.

Wait a minute: I'm certified scuba diver, I like diving, and I don't make that kinda cash. Need any help?

In all seriousness - be safe man.

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Thanks for the post guys, I will be safe. And yes we do need help, not just my rig but others. You must also have certs for EMT and cpr and a few others also your diving certs. Alot of classes and what not. But well worth it. I remember back in the old school days of drilling, throwing chain to break out pipe and stuff, Seen a person standing 2 feet from me get crushed because the draw works gave out and the blocks fell, seen fingers, limbs get severed. even seen a guy get caught in the PTO of a 1250 hp diesel engine and get ripped to shreds. So if you can deal with seeing that first hand then fill out an application. There is a 50/50 chance that you wont come home everyday. As long as you follow the safety guide lines you will live. These people that get hurt or killed are from taking short cuts and doing things the easy way. I rather learn the trade than the "tricks of the trade".

Roughneck starting as a piperacker, the lowest man on a 4 man crew makes $22.90 an hour with no experiance. Work 12 hours a day for 14 days straight, then 7 days off. Then the schedule repeats. We have rigs all over the states west of the Mississippi.

go here for the application if you seriously want a job. It is EXTREMELY stressfull, life threatening job.

also go to and look at the pics, accedents and rigs.
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I am a Certified Muff Diver. I believe that I can understand some of the risks you are about to undertake. Good oral hygene is the secret. Oh, wait a minute,... I'll bet you mean an in the water diver........!!!

Seriously, best of luck to you. Sounds like this is a fantastic opportunity. Ya could probably work on your wheelies and slow speed drills on the helepad. Be safe!

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Vinny with the 4wk on 3 wk, off you could realistically nearly catch up to "Stromette" for miles ridden . :shock:
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-06-2006, 10:43 PM
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All the best to you, Vinny. I've seen the rigs that are inside the Channel Islands . . . really pretty at night.
I worked on dirt-rigs when I was much younger. Tough stuff for anyone to do at any age, and yeah, it's always dangerous as hell.
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Be careful out there man.

My dad has been in the oil field since he got out of high school, down in the Permian Basin in south eastern New Mexico. I've worked for him and others growing up, and man, it was the kind of work that you really had to keep your head in the game if you didn't want to lose it! Thankfully I don't do that kind of work anymore, but my dad still does.

Speaking of offshore, I have a buddy that got his petroleum degree and got hired on by one of the big service outfits. They told him that he would go through a little training and would be working inland in Texas or somewhere for them. Ended up they assigned him as a roughneck on an off shore platform. He said everytime the weather got bad, they would all get into the boat and go drop anchor away from the platform 'cos they didn't want to be on the platform in bad weather :shock: Anyway, he lasted a full 4 days or something like that before he told them to send the 'coptor to get him and where they could stick their boat. Yum!
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-07-2006, 03:12 AM
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Heavy, Brian

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-07-2006, 12:20 PM
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Good luck out there Vinny, and congrats on your new job. Hat diving is perilous work, so mind your training and be safe. Also make damn sure they know the right deco schedule.
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