How To Get A Job In Oil and Gas Production. Oilfield Jobs
Begin by learning what oil and gas production
employees do. Once an oil well has been drilled it is up to an army of
production employees to do the things necessary to bring the oil or gas to
Production employees may work on land or on offshore platforms where equipment
has been set up.
Pumper - Gauger Jobs In Oil Production
Learn about the job a gauger does. The gauger or pumper for example is in charge
of maintaining pumpjacks, tanks, water separators, compressors and such that
keep the oil flowing from the well. This is the backbone job of oil and gas
production. Without oilfield guagers and pumpers the oilfield would shut down.
The duty of an oilfield guager involves driving around an oil field and checking on multiple wells and
tanks and recording the volume of oil produced. If an oil production employee works
offshore he will likely ride a crew boat or helicopter to a production platform
where he maintains automated equipment, valves and treatment equipment. Ask
yourself if doing a job like this interests you.
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showing oil tanks, separators, well head, etc.
The above illustration shows some of the types of
equipment that oil production employees deal with. In the lower left hand corner
is an illustration of the wellhead, where oil or natural gas flows out of the
well bore under it's own pressure. If the pressure his not high enough to force
oil or gas from the ground, a pumpjack will need to be installed. Oil production
employees are responsible for maintaining all of this equipment.
The tanks in the upper right are oil and water
tanks. There will typically be a water tank, where produced salt water is
collected to be hauled away and oil tanks that store oil which will be picked up
by trucks and sold. The job of an oil production employee such as a pumper or
gauger is to make sure the quality of this oil is good and meets the standards
required by the purchasing company. Otherwise the oil will be refused by the
truck driver and there may be a charge for the trip.
Other equipment found on an oil lease includes
separators and heater treaters, both of which separate oil, gas and water from
each other so that the oil and gas can be sold and the water disposed of. These
complex systems require that oil production employees train for a long period of
time, often working as an assistant pumper or gauger. The same type of equimpent
seen above is also found offshore, though the components are arranged
differently on an offshore platform and oil is sent by pipeline to market.
Look into other oil production activities besides the job of gauger that fit your
abilities and education. Take courses in oil and gas technology at a community
or junior college. Other production jobs include working as a flowback
technician. When a well is competed a service company that specializes is "flow
backs" will set up equipment to measure just how much oil and gas the well
contains and how best to regulate the well so as not to destroy it. Flow back
technicians stay at the well site after the rig has gone for several days.
Where Are Most Oil Production Jobs Found?
All of these types of jobs of course are found in areas where there is more and
more oil drilling happening. Luckily thanks to the Marcellus Shale and other
shale formations, oil and gas production jobs are now found all over the United
States. Natural gas wells require pumpers and gaugers just like oil wells do,
though the duties may differ. Gas wells typically require less maintenance,
since there are no pumpjacks involved, but gas treatment equipment such as
dehydrators and seperators must be checked and maintained to ensure that the gas
being sold is free of contaminants and water.
Try sites like Rigzone.com for job listings as well as local newspaper
classified ads in areas where these jobs occur.
Be prepared to move. Chances are you will have to relocate if there is not oil
and gas production activity near where you are now. Oil production employees
will have to be �on call� often 24 - 7 if problems with equipment arises.
Applicants should have good mechanical skills, a background in engines, piping
and oilfield safety. Oilfield Production employees routinely deal with pressures
over 5,000 PSI and mistakes with this type of pressure, or even a few pounds of
pressure for that matter can be fatal.
Applicants should have a clean background history and a clean drug test.
Persons wanting to pursue a career in oil and gas production should read as much
as they can on the industry before applying. Consider taking classes at
your local community college in Oil and Gas Technology. You may have to relocate
to an area such as Tulsa Oklahoma or Midland Texas to find a junior college with
course such as therse. One particularly good book about the industry is "Oil
and Gas Production In Nontechnical Language.
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