Skip to comments.Any jobs in Texas or North Dakota Oil Patch?
Posted on 01/30/2013 3:03:05 PM PST by MuttTheHoople
I just lost my job last Friday. I have a Petroleum Engineering degree and a Civil Engineering license. I have over 12 years experience in Geotechnical work. I'm proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and several Engineering programs. I also know how to work manual labor for 12 hour shifts or more.
What I'm talking about is folks here who actually have connections with people who are HIRING. Since this is a free-market conservative website with conservative business people, I would hope some of you could get me in touch with the actual folks who hire. My family and I desperately need me to get a job.
Seems to be a bunch of work here in Fort Collins, CO.
A lot better weather than ND and prettier than TX
Good. Anybody I can call, write, or e-mail?
This will be interesting as I proposed a similar question that got removed....
How I wish I was in your position.
The important question is, does anyone know of available housing in the Bakken region? Rentals now cost almost as much as prime Chicago.
We’re preparing for an even bigger boom in West TX; big clineshale discovery. I think Devon Energy may be hiring, but I don’t have any connections there. If I remember anymore I’ll mail you.
thackney might have a pointer...
What say you thackney, any ideas?
There are always a lot of oilfield jobs around here in NE Texas. We have a big job and services expo coming up in a little over a month you may want to check it out.
You already have to be connected with the industry to get tickets but if you can get in it will be a killer event to network at.
Yeah that’s what I’ve heard. The Cline Shale formation is bigger than Eagle Ford or the Baaken. It may be cheaper to drill too than eagle ford.
I know there is a lot going on here in San Antonio due to Eagle Ford play south of town here. I suggest getting in contact w/ the Society of Petroleum Engineers, specifically the San Antonio branch. They should have an inside track on this stuff. They are real short of CDL HAZ certified drivers here as well.
Marathon had tons of jobs in ND and Texas.
bump for later
Do you have a preference as to heat exhaustion or freezing your ass off?
Weatherford also is on a hiring boom.
Change your Freeper location to Texas and ask on the state board, perhaps?
I wish you the very best.
lots of people are going to Victoria Texas to work the Eagle Ford shale. Rooms at Hampton Inn are $189 a night. a house in Victoria sells in an average of 32 hours.
We have a plant there and I just heard this from one of our people that was just there. Hope you have an RV or something to sleep in. good Luck
I don’t have any contacts but I bet there are oil workers links everywhere. I’ve only been here for 1.5 years but I like it quite a bit.
Denver is not too exciting but Fort Collins/Loveland is very nice.
this site lists some companies
You have to register (free) for an account to be able to search for jobs, and I can't link to my search results, but my search for "Petroleum Engineers" returned 478 possibilities all over Texas. Good luck :-)
this site lists some companies
Nobody really hires from there. That’s the ‘I got laid off/fired’ job board. HR avoids that like the plague. Sorry to say.
Pinging Freeper thackney to your thread as he may have a suggestion or two. Good luck in the hunt.
It’s getting that way in some parts of West TX., if you’re lucky enough to find a place. There’s several mobile home “cities” set up complete with store and security.
Well, that puts a damper in my strategy to change careers and become rich.... Thanks for the warning ;-)
Fifteen below in the red hot center of the Bakken this morning.
Mutt you will find work up here either ‘cause you’re a worker or because of your apt educational background—it’s a good combination.
As is being said the difficult part is finding a place to live, though that too is possible.
Part of the problem is that any job listing I gave to you or any apartment or man-camp vacancy is going to be different by tomorrow anyway.
As the man above said Marathon is hiring. Whiting has a terrific rep up here as does EOG (Enron Oil Group). Get online, find some job listings, make some calls.
If you get somebody wanting to hire you, ask them about housing. If you come up without a lead be prepared to wing it, which could mean sleeping in your car at below zero temps which is not fun or safe.
Though it’s supposed to warm up considerably in a few days.
I pinged freeper Smokin’ Joe ‘cause he’s on the ground out there and knows lots more than I...though I don’t mean to obligate him as a job service or rental agent either...thank you Joe.
Is your background in just geotechnical work?
Do you have any road design experience? or waterline experience?
I wouldn’t limit myself to just the ‘oilpatch’. The entire state is doing alot of DOT projects, since they are flush with money.
Also, the oil drilling crews are giving way to oil pumping crews. So instead of workers with a transient lifestyle, the more ‘settled’ group is coming in. This means housing developments, and commercial development. And, the schools are growing.
I know they must be short on engineers, because I sit 1,000 miles away from there; but, I am working on a 400 lot housing development on the fring of the oil patch.
If your expertise is purely geotech, you might look at the ND secretary of state website to find the names of the oil companies working up there, and use Google to get a phone number...and call their HR dept.
Have you thought of a job in Louisiana? Last October my son decided he wanted an oil drilling job in Louisiana, although he had never worked in the oil industry before. He found 7 companies that accepted walk-in applications. He drove down from Atlanta and spent a day looking for work. The 6th company he visited hired him. He was immediately sent for safety training and in a week he was working on an off shore oil rig as a roustabout.
A co-worker spent months calling this drilling company looking for work. He was finally hired also as a roustabout.
There’s a big turnover in roustabout jobs. It’s a difficult, back-breaking job, but pays well.
You’re well educated so you might have to convince the person interviewing you that you want a roustabout job.
Here’s the company my son works for:
They’re also hiring for their off shore oil rig located in Homer, Alaska.
One of Texas' oldest towns..very historical.
Excellent doctors and hospitals.
Excellent schools. Community college and University of Houston Victoria.
Ochestra, Fine Arts, museum, zoo.
Excellent for fishing, water activities.
Guadalupe river runs through the city, close to coast.
A view of Main ST
Victoria is built around a square. It's a large heavily wooded square with a gazebo.
There’s a real advantage to working off shore—no housing problems. My son is on a 14/14 schedule—14 days on the rig, 14 days off. When he’s off the rig he drives home to Atlanta for 2 weeks.
You live in Mississippi, so driving home wouldn’t be a problem.
A little bonus I just noticed; look at the sign up high on the middle building of the Victoria main street pic- ‘GOP’.
Complete with elephant. LOL
Got to be a sign!
And full of left wing radical Muzzies and LaRazza types. I grew up there. Now, it is a cespool of left wing intrigue.. North Dakota or Texas. Go man, go.
My husband’s company (Cameron International - home office in Houston) is hiring. They are an engineering firm for oil/gas.
They are currently bidding jobs for delivery in 2016 for customers from around the world.
Go to their web site www.c-a-m.com
They are looking for engineers, designers, etc. They have offices all over the world, but the headquarters in northwest Houston is where most of the engineering is done.
No jobs in North Dakota until the spring...bring your RV then, if you want to sleep indoors.
Eagle Ford in South Texas is warmer...and Pennsyvania has a lot of action cranking up lately.
You shouldn’t have a problem.
we’ll keep a light on and the coffee hot!!!
LeTourneau (which is now part of the Cameron International group) is located in Mississippi and they may be hiring engineers also. You might check their web site.
Sounds like you shouldn’t have any problem with most of the big oil co’s. Here in the Housto area, most are hiring. Marathon, Chevron, etc. Victoria TX is definitely booming. I bet once you get your resume out, the offers will start coming in.
Housing is loosening up a little bit in Williston, construction is catching up with demand, but places still are not cheap. While this winter has given a few a taste of what it can be, it is still fairly mild compared to most I have been through here. Sleeping in your vehicle could kill you. Some jobs come with housing, so check on that—any prospective employer might help with that if they are really interested in you.
If you are still looking, check out Williston, Dickinson, Minot, Watford City, Stanley and Tioga, just to name some of the larger towns.
The Shopper in Williston is a good place to start. Beware buying any place which has been listed for very long, many are either overpriced or have problems although there may be some diamonds in the rough out there. caveat emptor.
Good luck, and let me know if I can provide more info.
Here you go
Thank ALL of you. THIS is what I’m talking about. After choir practice tonight, I think I may be ready for a change.
Good luck to you.
Choir Practice was THAT rough Huh?
Let us know how it goes for you.
My contacts are more in the facility design. That work comes after the drilling is done.
The Houston area is hurting to find enough qualified engineers and designers for the work.