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Becoming Rope Access Technician on oil rigs

When something needs to be done at altitudes, it is rope access technicians that are being summoned. Rop access career can be an excellent extention for the skills someone obtained while practicing mounteneering and alpinism as sport. There's always something to do, for example painting of the metal structure or welding on offshore oil platform. Therefore becoming rope access technician or more specifically rope access painter can provide you with an excellent opportunity to always stay employed and earn good living while enjoying what you always enjoyed foing for fun - performing things hanging in a suspended position high above the surface, on oil rigs above the sea.

The duties and responsibilities of a rope access technician on oil rig, and the schedules that they work according to, can vary greately, depending on the mission or missions he or she was hired for. For example, rope access radiography technician performs his duties predominantly during nigh time, while the rest of the rope access jobs on offshore oil rigs daylight jobs. But even with this exceptional skill in stock, it is not rope access vacancy on offshore platforms that recruiters would recommend such candidates to focus on. You have much bigger chances if you would look for plain roustabout entry level vacancy, but state in your resumé you have those outstanding climbing or working in a suspended position skills and experience. Employers would give preference to multipurpose specialists.

Rope access technician training

Different levels of training are offered, and the prospective technician can start with an introductory course and continue to take courses to qualify for more advanced jobs if desired.

It's better if someone who has been selected after serius of physical and medical tests as suitable candidate to undergo the necessary training to become a rope access technician, used to practise at least a bit of rock climbing or has done potholing as a kind of sport. Though, physically fit individuals without prior experience of the sort qualify either. Such would have to start from learning elementary skills, and for them the training course, including physical training modul, would be more prolonged. Keep in mind, the fear of heights in any form is an absolute contraindication. But if you have a steel muscles and nerves of steel, then this profession is for you. The training includes hands on training and classroom lessons on the theory.

There are 4 levels of training for rope access technicians, from Rope Access 1 to Rope Access 3, and then Advanced Rope Access & Rescue. You may become Rope Access 1 Technician in just 5 days and get certificate of getting trained to perform certain basic missions under supervision of more experienced oil rig workers of the same trade. Another level of training is only for the technicians with experience of having worked at least during 500 hundred hours at heights. After at least another 1000 hours you qualify for Level 3 training.

Rope access jobs on offshore oil rigs

Some of rope access jobs available on the offshore oil rigs include, but are not limited to:

  • Rope Access Welder
  • Rope Access Plater
  • Rope Access Supervisor
  • Rope Access Geotechnical Supervisor
  • Rope Access Technician
  • Rope Access radiography technician

Getting started

Important tip. Even if you are someone who successfully completed training, it can be still hard to get your very first job on oil rigs. It may have a very big sense to also apply for one of entry level roustabout positions. In upstream petroleum business the hardest is to get your foot in the door. Once you are inside, you won't have to wait too long for the promotion.

Upon arrival of the newly hired to the rig or platform, each person gets a platform safety induction and informed on meaning of different alarm signals - may be in the form of watching video, and then offered a guided tour of the facility to let them know escape gangways, lifeboat locations, emergency room whereabouts etc.


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