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Survey reveals most valued skills for oil and gas workers
Fuel Fix ^ | April 12, 2013 | Simone Sebastian

Posted on 04/12/2013 10:23:36 AM PDT by thackney

As the oil and gas industry faces a severe workforce shortage, identifying top talent and building targeted training programs have become critical pursuits for employers.

The most valued skills in oil and gas industry are detailed in a new study by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, sponsored by British oil giant BP. The results, coming from 773 members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers worldwide, outline the top talents you need to get a job and get ahead in your oil and gas career.

See which skills were rated ‘very important’ for a successful career in oil and gas by the highest percentage of respondents.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; naturalgas; oil
1. ABILITY TO LEARN -- 69 percent

2. TEAMWORK -- 61 percent

3. COMMUNICATION -- 60 percent

4. WORK ETHIC -- 58 percent

5. TECHNICAL SKILLS -- 57 percent

1 posted on 04/12/2013 10:23:36 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

I think my nephew should get to the oilfields and put his welding skills to good use. Sure he’d be a trainee but he has a good work ethic and willingness to learn.


2 posted on 04/12/2013 10:26:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Big demand for welders willing to work long hours in desolate places and make it to work each morning on time.


3 posted on 04/12/2013 10:29:46 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: cripplecreek
North Dakota is a boom town.

Welders are always in demand.

Fastest growing boomtowns

4 posted on 04/12/2013 10:31:34 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: thackney

If I were a younger man, that’s where I would be.


5 posted on 04/12/2013 10:32:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

It can make you an older man in a hurry.

I spent 5 years in Yemen during 1993 and a couple months into ‘94.


6 posted on 04/12/2013 10:34:59 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: cripplecreek

Your never going to be any younger than you are right now!


7 posted on 04/12/2013 10:35:40 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: thackney

I worked on an oil exploration crew for a while here in Michigan back in the 80s. Long days out in any kind of weather.


8 posted on 04/12/2013 10:36:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TexasCajun

I see Midland on that list:

Midland counts on 53-story tower as oil again buoys Texas
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/04/12/midland-counts-on-53-story-tower-as-oil-again-buoys-texas/

It will be the tallest office building between Dallas and Los Angeles.


9 posted on 04/12/2013 10:42:41 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

We lived in western ND at the start of the boom where one trucking company there had a bonus that would have been laughable 40 years ago.

The bonus was $500 per month just for showing up on time each day.

I see the necessity and value of the bonus considering the work ethic of today’s workforce, for example a neighbor who was to be at work at 8 am felt she did not need to leave her home until 8 am. I knew several like her.


10 posted on 04/12/2013 10:44:54 AM PDT by redfreedom (The spineless RINO's have made themselves irrelevent and lost the country for us.)
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To: thackney
From the article:

Now the major oil companies are coming back to Midland, led by Chevron, which is building a $100 million office campus and more than doubling its local employment to 1,500, said County Judge Mike Bradford. This boom shows promise because demand is growing as new technologies open up drilling opportunities, said Perry, who runs an oil and gas investment company.

11 posted on 04/12/2013 10:57:07 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: cripplecreek

You got any MI contacts in O&G? I’m in regulatory complance but an extensive background in E&P, midstream and transmission.

I’d really like to get back to MI...


12 posted on 04/12/2013 10:57:48 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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13 posted on 04/12/2013 11:24:17 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Mr. K
Your never going to be any younger than you are right now!

You just depressed the heck out of a lot of us.....some good joke available at our expense though. I told a friend I went to the doctor for some help. He asked, "What sort of help do you need Mr. Bob?" I said I needed to have my sex drive lowered. He looked at me in amazement that an old soul such as I could have such a problem. Of course his amazement became a bit more somber when i said, "I'm trying to get it lowered from between my ears to down where it belongs"....

14 posted on 04/12/2013 11:27:30 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: thackney
My brother was a welder at an oil refinery when the Alaska pipeline started. They sent in reps to recruit pipe welders.

Well, one guy there took a job with them and worked all the overtime until it was done. He lived in the company housing and ate their food. Saved every dime and sent it home to his wife. A ton of money and he planned to retire when he got home.

When he got home he found that his wife was long gone, she had sold the house, and there were no bank accounts left.
She had sold everything he owned and skipped town.

I really doubt a jury would convict him if he had ever found her.

15 posted on 04/12/2013 11:28:05 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

That happened to a friend of mine in the Navy.

A neighbor is a supervisor for some oil company in ND. He said when it’s real cold he works them for 10 minutes outside then they take a break for 15 minutes inside to warm up.


16 posted on 04/12/2013 11:43:48 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Beagle8U

A buddy of mine in Yemen with me came home to an empty house as well. She even took his clothes and gave them to the new boyfriend.


17 posted on 04/12/2013 11:44:14 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
Takes a special kind to work oilfield, hours and conditions can be horrible, but money can be big.
Most regular folks can't hack it for the long haul.
Have seen a bunch wash out in a month or less.
Loved it and hated it about equally for 30 years, was able to retired comfortably at 51, not bad at all, looking back.

Does beat the hell out of sitting behind a desk doing the same thing, day after day, year after year.

18 posted on 04/12/2013 12:02:13 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Beagle8U

Ooofff. That hurts.


19 posted on 04/12/2013 12:15:38 PM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: thackney
This one sold everything he owned, guns, fishing tackle, tools, truck, boat, cloths, everything.

The neighbors told him she sold the house and moved less than a year after he went to work on the pipeline.

20 posted on 04/12/2013 12:20:54 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

My buddy was lucky it didn’t get that far. But then it was only 6 weeks or so for him.


21 posted on 04/12/2013 12:32:18 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Thank you for posting. You knowledge and experience are appreciated!

I have heard that some companies will seek out a worker with those qualities and pay for further training. Do you have any ideas, knowledge, or suggestions on that?
Thanks again!


22 posted on 04/12/2013 12:32:30 PM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: redfreedom

My son just got his class b and won an award in driving in tthe local truck rodeo. He also has heavy equipment and Osha certifications. I can get him his class A this summer. Should I make sure he has a class a before he goes out to the oil patch or can he earn one there. He graduates in two months. Homeschooler.


23 posted on 04/12/2013 12:36:15 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m closer to 61then 60 and I made $80000ishit last yr driving trk on the baken


24 posted on 04/12/2013 12:36:38 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: thackney

This lasted start to finish of the Alaska pipeline. It was a ton of money with all his overtime!


25 posted on 04/12/2013 12:36:49 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: thackney

My son just got his class b and won an award in driving in tthe local truck rodeo. He also has heavy equipment and Osha certifications. I can get him his class A this summer. Should I make sure he has a class a before he goes out to the oil patch or can he earn one there. He graduates in two months. Homeschooler.


26 posted on 04/12/2013 1:44:25 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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A class a CDL opens many doors to a good job. Tanker endorsement is a plus as well as a hazardous material endorsement. You can go to work for some companies here and theu will help you get a class a license


27 posted on 04/12/2013 1:45:37 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: South Dakota

He will have tanker endorsement. Cannot obtain hazmat until 21. He is 18.


28 posted on 04/12/2013 1:49:28 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: spankalib

I suspect some will. I am in engineering so we needed entry level to start with a degree. But there is plenty of jobs out there. What area of the country or will he move?


29 posted on 04/12/2013 5:21:00 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Chickensoup

I am not fully qualified to answer your question, but my experience is as follows. While I was in western ND I had a class A and trained another driver who then became qualified and got his Class A. He then got a oil patch job where there was a rigorous training period.

I believe they give good training in the specifics of the oil patch and quite likely winter driving up here. But I really think the Class A is the first step you gotta get on your own.

I hope your son has winter driving experience. What I mean by this is driving on solid ice/compacted snow mile after mile after mile with strong side winds and occasional drifts. I seen many a truck in the ditch, many fatal, because of poor winter skills.

Additionally the road ditches fill level with snow and it is next to impossible to tell where turn offs are during a storm. Yes, there is possibly a stop sign poking above the snow to give a clue, but I’ve seen many a truck drive right into the ditch thinking they were on an approach or another road. And there are times when it is difficult to tell where the center of the road is when the road is full of snow and level with the ditch top. Yes, there might be fence lines or trees to give a clue, but that does not always work.

There are easy jobs, such as simple delivery, most are tanker jobs hauling water or oil, the worst is rig moving. I did rig moving in the 80’s. It was very hard on people and machine. Imagine being sunk down to the frame in mud all the way around with a 100,000 pound pipe tub. Then a D-6 starts to push, another pulls. Yes you get where you are going, but you also have a few air brake lines torn off.


30 posted on 04/12/2013 6:38:38 PM PDT by redfreedom (The spineless RINO's have made themselves irrelevent and lost the country for us.)
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To: Beagle8U

Not sure what State your story took place, but most States require both husband and wife signatures to selling real property, even if only one is on the Deed.


31 posted on 04/12/2013 7:47:59 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: Chickensoup

With a class b license he could move the workover rigs. They service the existing wells working on the tubing inside the cased well.
He might want to look at roughnecking to begim with or a frak crew.

They pay pretty good and give you a place to stay.

On the drilling rigs you can find a company that works 2 weeks on 2the weeks off...bringing home about $50000 a year


32 posted on 04/12/2013 8:31:57 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: X-spurt
It was in MI. I also wonder if she might have tricked him into signing off on the deed?

Another possibility is she had someone forge his name at a notary public?

33 posted on 04/13/2013 9:05:21 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: redfreedom

Thank you for the insight. Looks like he has a local rigging company job, which will give him some experience and a class A.


34 posted on 04/13/2013 9:42:04 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Beagle8U

If it was forged, there is recourse. In Community Property States, he would have to sign at closing and would be signing more than just the Deed.

If this dude signed off on a Deed release or transfer in front of a Notary, then stupid is as stupid does and he deserved the screwing.

I say this was another of those “sad and exciting” stories, urban legend.


35 posted on 04/13/2013 10:10:58 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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“I say this was another of those “sad and exciting” stories, urban legend.”

No, it was a friend of my brother, and he don't lie.

“If it was forged, there is recourse. In Community Property States, he would have to sign at closing and would be signing more than just the Deed.”

Michigan isn't a community property state and there is no recourse if he has no idea where she went. He got royally screwed.

36 posted on 04/13/2013 10:24:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: thackney

Those are pretty good skills to have for just about any job.


37 posted on 04/13/2013 10:27:02 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: cripplecreek

yep.......

Can’t go wrong by going to Texas. the question is where?

The Permian basin or the Eagle Ford? Both have jobs for him


38 posted on 04/13/2013 10:30:52 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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