Offshore Mechanic Jobs
One of the most exciting venues for a heavy equipment mechanic to build a career is on an offshore oil platform. Working offshore
can be a great choice for those who find the unique lifestyle of working at sea appealing.
Drilling rigs don't shut down - they are 24 hour operations, 365 days a year. The
crews work 12 hour shifts, for between 2 and 4 weeks at a time; this is known as a 'hitch'. Each hitch is followed
by an equal number of days off.
An offshore drilling platform is a highly technological workplace undergoing constant improvement
and modification. Enormous financial resources are poured into automating these mechanical marvels, requiring
employees to undergo a great deal of training in order to learn how to use this special equipment and
For this reason, applicants who have a mechanical or technical background are
highly preferred. Mechanics in particular, as well as welders, engineers and electricians, are in great demand on
Getting Hired For Offshore Mechanic Jobs
Several required safety training courses will need taken before new hires can come
on to the rig. These are only the beginning of a great many training opportunities given to offshore mechanics,
ensuring a continuous development of skills. Long term career prospects for offshore mechanics are fantastic, limited only by the employee's experience, training, and
New offshore mechanics generally begin their career offshore working in a junior
capacity, as a Motorman. With experience and proficiency in offshore procedures, tools and techniques, Motormen
will advance to the Rig Mechanic position. Subsequent advancement will lead the Mechanic to a Chief Mechanic
position, and to the possibility of promotion to that of Maintenance Supervisor.
An ambitious new offshore mechanic can look forward to a great paying career, with
6 months a year off to enjoy as as a result. Following are a few more details about an offshore mechanic career
path and the respective job positions and duties on that path.
The Motorman is the entry-level mechanical position on an offshore rig. He will
assist the Rig Mechanic in his daily work. To qualify for the position as a Motorman, he should be a Certified
Fitter or Certified Mechanic, or be a graduate from an accredited technical school. Some Motorman have moved into
this position by working as a maintenance Roustabout first, earning their Fitter or Mechanical Certifications
The Mechanic is responsible for executing inspections and maintenance of all
mechanical systems and equipment aboard the offshore platform. This includes the diesel generators and all
mechanical operations aboard the offshore platform, including drilling floor equipment. A minimum of two years of
experience as a Motorman is preferred before obtaining a Mechanic position.
The Chief Mechanic supervises and gives instructions to the Motormen and
Mechanics. If a problem is too difficult for either of them to solve, the Chief Mechanic is expected to
suggest or implement a solution. A minimum of two years of experience as a Mechanic
is required to advance into a Chief Mechanic position, but more experience is generally preferred.
The Maintenance Supervisor is the technical manager for the entire offshore
platform. His responsibilities include rig maintenance in addition to being in charge of whatever repairs of
machinery or drilling equipment might be required. Additionally, he is in charge of any technical modifications to
the rig that might be required of him from the drilling contractor. He also has responsibility for ensuring that
adequate stocks of spare parts are kept on board the rig at all times.
He must also have good computer skills, in order to manage the electronic
maintenance systems in place on modern offshore drilling rigs. A Certificate of Competency in accordance with the
STCW Convention is required for this position. Typically, the maintenance supervisor will work for some time in an
Assistant Maintenance Supervisory capacity before being promoted to Rig Maintenance Supervisor. His role is not
unlike that of a Chief Engineer of an Ocean going ship.
Offshore Mechanic Salary
- Motorman - $57,500.00
- Assistant mechanic - $65,000.00
- Mechanic - $72,000.00
- Chief mechanic - $80,000.00+
- Maintenance supervisor $90,000.00 - $130,000.00
Getting an Offshore Mechanic
If the prospect of getting hired on as an offshore mechanic is something that appeals to you, you can learn
where and how to apply here for offshore mechanic jobs.
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