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Working Alberta Oilfields

Hi guys,
Anyone worked on the Alberta Oilfields? Considering doing a year in Canada and trying to work the Oilfields in the summer. Not only would it provide a very decent income it would look good on the resume to try and break into the Oil & Gas industry back home (Australia).
Hard getting a job? Whats the work like?
Haven't found a whole lot of info on the net so I figured it was worth asking on here.
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I think "marshallv82" went up to work in Canada. Lethbridge I believe was the town....

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I would look closely as what the current oil prices are doing for new jobs up there.
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I would look closely as what the current oil prices are doing for new jobs up there.
This. Economy has slowed down A LOT, and depending on what you want to do up here, you may not be able to get a job. A lot of companies are laying off people people due to that right now
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What is your area of specialty?
As mentioned people are getting laid off like mad up here, although early projections are that oil will hit rock bottom over the next month or two and bounce back up to ~$65-75/barrel by the end of the year.

That said, the only reason to work in AB is to make money. If you are an engineer you most certainly will if you get your foot in the door. My cousin builds software for improving process efficiencies in ft. mcmurray, and says it's a different world up there. Basically a huge, unskilled labour force making more than your average doctor, meaning employee turnaround is ridiculous and camp life sucks.
I would look to get a job with a big firm in Calgary/Edmonton, but again it depends on your area of specialty and education.
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Worst life ever, don't do it. The money sounds good but you pay for it in other ways. And you definitely won't be doing any snowboarding - just freezing your nuts off about 9 hours away from the resorts with nothing resembling a hill in sight.

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Some great info, cheers guys.
Yeh I understand the oil price is down and am I'm not under the impression I would be able to just walk into a job.
I'm a dual trade electrician/instrument fitter here in Aus but I'm unsure whether an electrical licence can be transferred over easily.
Wouldn't be doing it to be close to a resort, more just to work in the summer between seasons.
I completely understand about the unskilled labor and sucky camp conditions. I'm on a minesite at the moment with exactly that.

The big question, is freezing your nuts off better or worse than the 46 degrees (115F) we had on site yesterday?
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Some great info, cheers guys.
Yeh I understand the oil price is down and am I'm not under the impression I would be able to just walk into a job.
I'm a dual trade electrician/instrument fitter here in Aus but I'm unsure whether an electrical licence can be transferred over easily.
Wouldn't be doing it to be close to a resort, more just to work in the summer between seasons.
I completely understand about the unskilled labor and sucky camp conditions. I'm on a minesite at the moment with exactly that.

The big question, is freezing your nuts off better or worse than the 46 degrees (115F) we had on site yesterday?
I would rather freeze than melt, so my opinion, yes, cold temps are worth it far more than heat.
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The oilfields are up north near Fort McMurray (Lethbridge is south of us, closer to the US border).

All the big players are there and right now, there is a slow-down but optimism says, things will pick back up once everyone has gulped all the cheap gasoline and drive the price up slowly.

It's already gone up 10% so things are slowly going up. It'll be molasses-like recovery IMO.

Also, it's easier to bundle up to stay warm than to stay cool.

Depending on your shift (I've done 10 days straight work/4 days off), you can have a life-work balance but as you know, be prepared to miss birthdays, night out with friends, etc.


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