With oil prices near 3 year highs and employers scrambling to find qualified candidates, the demand for oil & gas jobs is increasing across the US with trickling into Canada.
Within these opportunities, one of the most popular types of job postings is that of the 'camp' job.
But just what is a camp job in oil and gas? What can you expect?
There is a wide array of jobs available when considering oilfield camp jobs, spanning from roughneck manual labor jobs to operators, meal prep, admin, and more.
And while each may have its separate requirements, but all have a common ground. Below are the most asked questions regarding oil patch camp jobs, and the corresponding answers.
Q: What are oil patch camp jobs?
A: In short, oil patch camp jobs are occupations wherein the worker lives and works in camps near or within the oilfield.
Q: What skills are helpful in looking for oil patch camp jobs?
A: Job searching in the oil industry can be made easier if one is knowledgeable in the basics. Beyond this, experience in an industrial setting is preferred.
Q: What are the general requirements for entry-level oilfield occupations?
A: Most jobs in the oilfields require intensive manual labor and outdoor work regardless of weather condition. Oilfield workers must be above 18 years old, and transportation workers like truck drivers will need a valid driver’s license with a clean record. Both types of workers in the industry must have had no convicted felony in the past five years.
Q: How much can be earned in an oil industry job?
A: People who work in the oilfields have plenty of downtime, and work tends to be cyclical. While condensed works schedules provide large short term pay (some camp jobs can pay $10,000 or more per month), long term earnings can be volatile. However, the combination of higher short term pay and perks such as meals and accommodations are too good to pass up for many.
Q: What are the living conditions in an oil patch camp?
A: Modern Oil patch camps are generally well run, and there are strict rules and regulations for workers who choose to work and live there. Staying in an average camp today is a lot like staying in a hotel (Wifi, cable TV, Housekeeping, & Restaurants), with your employer picking up the tab.
Q: How many hours do oil patch campers work?
A: Workers at an oil patch camp work continuous for 7-28 days, all year round, in daily shifts & nightly shifts from 8-12 hours. This is followed by a period of 7-28 days off, resulting in common shifts such as 10-2, 14-7, etc.
Q: Do workers at an oil patch camp get training?
A: Typically, yes. Employees are required to undergo operations and safety training before officially working in order to protect both the worker and the environment. First aid training must also be acquired.
Q: How do I find a job at an oil patch camp?
A: Energy Job Shop posts many camp opportunities that we share to our Facebook Page. You can also search our website for camp opportunities. Follow the application process for the respective employer.