Pros: competitive paychecks, constant challenges, meeting wonderful people
Cons: long commuting, remote locations
Working in the oil patch involves driving to location, setting up for the job (tools, devices and computer) and coordinate with the team of specialists involved in the drilling process.
There are 12hrs shifts for a variable number of days (anywhere from 3 days to 10 days of being in remote location) and every day brings something new to the table.
I've learned to perform well under pressure, to communicate with supervisors/clients from town and other team members on location, to keep track of every single aspect of the drilling operation that is involved or can influence my job.
Hardest part of the job is the amount of responsibility the key moments during the drilling when the million dollar decision has to be made. But that same challenge is the main reason i love the job.