Three things you must be willing to do to get oil/gas job

Kimberly Lewis Dix Communications Published:

Working in the oil and gas industry is not necessarily for everyone.

First, employees must pass a drug test.

That may seem like a no-brainer, but industry representatives report that is the number one requirement for a job in the oil and gas industry.

Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, listed passing a drug test as the number one requirement for industry employees and the hardest.

"People not passing the drug tests is a huge problem," she said. "There is a lot of liability in the oil and gas industry. Employees have to at their best."

Applicants "cannot pass the drug tests," Carroll County Economic Development Director Glenn Enslen told the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce members recently. "That is the biggest problem I hear from the oil and gas businesses."

Some of the other requirements are not for the faint of heart.

Secondly, Reda pointed out applicants must be willing to work in all types of weather.

"These wells work 365 days a year," she explained. The workers must be willing to work in the snow, rain and heat, sometimes when the weather is the most harsh.

And third, applicants must also be willing to work long days. In Carroll County, those working on a well site may work a 12-hour shift for two weeks straight.

Enslen noted employers have told him applicants "do not want to work nights or weekends," something required to work on the well sites.

The OOGEEP lists other job requirements for employee to have a safe driving record; are physically fit; able to safely operate, maintain and perform minor repairs on equipment; and work as a team.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.