Should You Become a Drilling Rig Welder?

One of the more exciting and lucrative career paths an adventurous welder can take is on an offshore drilling rig. While welders are almost always in high demand welders willing to work on a rig are among the top most wanted welders. So, if you’re looking for a career that offers good pay, security and excitement then offshore drilling rigs are for you.


The Pros

Adventure: Unlike most other jobs welders will be living in their own little town onboard the rig. This unique chance allows workers to come together as a community as well as fellow workers to get the job done. Definitely a step up from a shallow nod to the welder down the lane.

Interesting: Welding is pretty much the same everywhere, but welding on a rig means a lot more. Welders will encounter welding projects the likes they’ve never seen while offshore. These projects are guaranteed to interest the mind and challenge the soul.

Pay: On average welders working on offshore drilling rigs will make around the $60,000 mark a year. That’s double the typical the pay for welders working in more common industries.

Security: Securing a welding job in manufacturing or construction can be hard. Between jobs being moved overseas to info structure projects finishing up, finding a welding job isn’t the issue. It’s keeping the job. Offshore drilling rigs are located all over the world and are always looking for quality welders.


Required Experience: A job on an offshore rig is not for the beginning welder. Companies look for welder that have at least three to five years of basic welding experience. They also look for welders who are certified by a reliable institute.

Demanding: Welding on an oil rig is not for those welders getting ready to retire or those who have physical limitations. Dexterity and the ability to work under stress are requirements when working on an oil rig.

PORT FOURCHON, La. - A welder fabricates a portion of the BP subsea oil recovery system chamber at Wild Well Control, Inc. in Port Fourchon, La., April 26, 2010.  The chamber will be one of the largest ever built and will be used in an attempt to contain an oil leak related to the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon explosion.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Patrick Kelley.

Personal Life: Life on an offshore rig leaves very little time for romantic relations. Most contracts last months at a time and only the most understanding of partners can really make a relationship work under that type of distance. Welding on an oil rig is a great fit for capable young and uncommitted men.

Risk to Life and Limb: This isn’t a job for the faint of heart and for good reason. Oil rigs have many hazards that could cost a welder a limb or their life. From fires, explosions and other accidents, the danger to one’s life on an oil rig is very real.

Welding on an offshore oil rig can be a rewarding career for those willing to take on the challenges that come along with it. It will also add to a welder’s personal experience in the field and give them a boost up in future employment years down the road.