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Any jobs in Texas or North Dakota Oil Patch?
Vanity | January 30, 2013 | Mutt the Hoople

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.


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I know that there are some people here who might have some connections with folks who can actually HIRE people in the oil patch. I'd like to do engineering work, but I'm willing to start as a Roustabout, throwing pipe around. I hear North Dakota and Texas are booming and I'd like to get in on it. Now I already know the websites (Rigzone.com, Monster, JobstoCareer, etc.)

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.

1 posted on 01/30/2013 3:03:12 PM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: MuttTheHoople

Seems to be a bunch of work here in Fort Collins, CO.
A lot better weather than ND and prettier than TX


2 posted on 01/30/2013 3:04:31 PM PST by Zathras
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To: Zathras

Good. Anybody I can call, write, or e-mail?


3 posted on 01/30/2013 3:07:33 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: MuttTheHoople

This will be interesting as I proposed a similar question that got removed....


4 posted on 01/30/2013 3:08:03 PM PST by Enigo54 (Hank Reardon was right)
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.

Good luck.


5 posted on 01/30/2013 3:08:42 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


6 posted on 01/30/2013 3:11:39 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: MuttTheHoople; thackney

thackney might have a pointer...

What say you thackney, any ideas?

.


7 posted on 01/30/2013 3:13:07 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.

www.easttexasoilfieldexpo.com

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.


8 posted on 01/30/2013 3:13:07 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Rusty0604

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.


9 posted on 01/30/2013 3:14:25 PM PST by ckilmer
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


10 posted on 01/30/2013 3:16:13 PM PST by Afisra (It's easier to gun proof a child than child proof a gun!)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Marathon had tons of jobs in ND and Texas.

https://jobs-marathon.icims.com/jobs/search?pr=1&searchRadius=5


11 posted on 01/30/2013 3:18:53 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Pontiac

bump for later


12 posted on 01/30/2013 3:19:07 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Do you have a preference as to heat exhaustion or freezing your ass off?


13 posted on 01/30/2013 3:19:21 PM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Weatherford also is on a hiring boom.
https://careers.weatherford.com/psc/EREC/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRS.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB&Action=U&TargetFrameName=None


14 posted on 01/30/2013 3:22:18 PM PST by mnehring
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To: MuttTheHoople

Change your Freeper location to Texas and ask on the state board, perhaps?

I wish you the very best.


15 posted on 01/30/2013 3:22:42 PM PST by Brads Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: MuttTheHoople

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


16 posted on 01/30/2013 3:24:15 PM PST by JG52blackman
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


17 posted on 01/30/2013 3:24:44 PM PST by Zathras
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To: ckilmer

http://alikewebsites.com/map/map-cline-shale-oil-west-texas.html
this site lists some companies


18 posted on 01/30/2013 3:25:19 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: MuttTheHoople
Sorry to hear about your job. I realize you said you are familiar with the websites, but I thought this one, Work In Texas (state-run, by the Texas Workforce Commission) might not have caught your attention yet.

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 :-)

19 posted on 01/30/2013 3:26:06 PM PST by GizmosAndGadgets (How Free Are You In America Today?)
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To: ckilmer

http://alikewebsites.com/map/map-cline-shale-oil-west-texas.html
this site lists some companies


20 posted on 01/30/2013 3:26:48 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: GizmosAndGadgets

Nobody really hires from there. That’s the ‘I got laid off/fired’ job board. HR avoids that like the plague. Sorry to say.


21 posted on 01/30/2013 3:28:02 PM PST by Monty22002
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To: thackney; MuttTheHoople

Pinging Freeper thackney to your thread as he may have a suggestion or two. Good luck in the hunt.


22 posted on 01/30/2013 3:30:32 PM PST by deport
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To: MuttTheHoople

Go here: https://chk.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233


23 posted on 01/30/2013 3:31:30 PM PST by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation.)
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To: MuttTheHoople
Search here. Hope I get a bird dog fee if you get hired ;) . Check Chesapeake, careerbuilder, simplyhired and other engines
24 posted on 01/30/2013 3:32:46 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda (“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”....Ben Franklin)
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To: JerseyHighlander

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.


25 posted on 01/30/2013 3:33:33 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Monty22002
Nobody really hires from there. That’s the ‘I got laid off/fired’ job board. HR avoids that like the plague. Sorry to say.

Well, that puts a damper in my strategy to change careers and become rich.... Thanks for the warning ;-)

26 posted on 01/30/2013 3:38:27 PM PST by GizmosAndGadgets (How Free Are You In America Today?)
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To: ken5050; MuttTheHoople; Smokin' Joe

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.


27 posted on 01/30/2013 3:49:33 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


28 posted on 01/30/2013 3:59:13 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

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:

http://www.spartanoffshore.com/spartandrilling_employment.html

They’re also hiring for their off shore oil rig located in Homer, Alaska.


29 posted on 01/30/2013 3:59:22 PM PST by Atlantan
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To: MuttTheHoople

http://www.Indeed.com

http://www.Jobvertise.com

http://www.Nationsjob.com


30 posted on 01/30/2013 4:00:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: MuttTheHoople; JG52blackman
I used to live in Victoria Texas. Very nice town. Nice place to live.

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.

Public transportation.

A view of Main ST

Victoria is built around a square. It's a large heavily wooded square with a gazebo.


31 posted on 01/30/2013 4:07:25 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


32 posted on 01/30/2013 4:13:10 PM PST by Atlantan
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To: MuttTheHoople

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!


33 posted on 01/30/2013 4:17:57 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Zathras
Seems to be a bunch of work here in Fort Collins, CO. A lot better weather than ND and prettier than TX

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.

34 posted on 01/30/2013 4:18:31 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: Zathras

http://www.mcubed.net/ncaaf/series/tx/co.shtml


35 posted on 01/30/2013 4:23:17 PM PST by Morris70
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.

Good Luck!


36 posted on 01/30/2013 4:27:01 PM PST by Texas56
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


37 posted on 01/30/2013 4:43:14 PM PST by 4Speed
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To: MuttTheHoople

we’ll keep a light on and the coffee hot!!!


38 posted on 01/30/2013 4:49:30 PM PST by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


39 posted on 01/30/2013 5:20:47 PM PST by Texas56
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To: MuttTheHoople; thackney
"I'd like to do engineering work"

Then why go work in the patch? A petroleum engineering degree is the next best thing to a winning lottery ticket these days. I'd check the "career" section of company websites for the majors (Shell, Marathon, Anadarko), or get in contact with the local SPE chapters in the areas you'd like to move to. At very worst, you could probably land a (well-paid) internship while you work on your P.E. license. They're recruiting just about anyone with an engineering degree (not just PE degrees).

You may have to move to one of the hubs if you're not already living there. Denver, Dallas, Houston, OKC.

My cousin works as a lead driller up in Williston. They fly him back and forth from Colorado and they put him up in his own trailer at the drill site. But he's been working his way up the ladder for 15 years.

This is his advice if you're dead-set on spending some time in the patch:

Pack your stuff, and head on up. Buy a copy of the local paper and start making calls when you hit town. You'll have a job before sundown the next day. Take your own housing with you, or housing costs will eat you alive. Make sure you take a pickup and a camper or a travel trailer. Make sure your camper has a shower too, because public showers run anywhere from $10-$20 a pop. You don't need contacts in the biz to land a job up there. Just a good back, a driver's license, and a (reasonably) clean criminal history and urine stream. You will probably have to start out as a mudder. That's where everybody starts out. Unless you have some top-notch metalworking and mechanical skills, in which case you might catch on with a well service outfit.

(pinging thackney who may have some ideas as well)
40 posted on 01/30/2013 5:32:13 PM PST by CowboyJay (Lowest Common Denominator 2012 - because liberty and prosperity were overrated)
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


41 posted on 01/30/2013 5:43:43 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: MuttTheHoople
Go to RigZone and check there.
42 posted on 01/30/2013 5:46:29 PM PST by redhead (PRAY DAILY for a Restoration of the Righteous Intent of America)
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To: Fightin Whitey; MuttTheHoople

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.


43 posted on 01/30/2013 5:51:47 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Here you go

http://bakkenjobsguide.com/


44 posted on 01/30/2013 5:59:31 PM PST by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: Smokin' Joe
live link for The Shopper
45 posted on 01/30/2013 6:01:13 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Thank ALL of you. THIS is what I’m talking about. After choir practice tonight, I think I may be ready for a change.


46 posted on 01/30/2013 6:40:32 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Good luck to you.


47 posted on 01/30/2013 7:04:31 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: MuttTheHoople

Choir Practice was THAT rough Huh?


48 posted on 01/30/2013 8:26:33 PM PST by princess leah
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To: MuttTheHoople

Let us know how it goes for you.


49 posted on 01/31/2013 5:10:39 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: MuttTheHoople

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.


50 posted on 01/31/2013 5:13:19 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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