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Life in the offshore industry

Get inspired for a career in the offshore industry.

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Inge Hansen

Consultant at the Energy Team

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What is it like to work in the offshore industry?

An international industry

In the beginning, when Denmark began exploring for oil and gas, Americans and other international experts came to Denmark and taught us everything we needed to know to produce oil and gas on our own. The massive limestone fields in the North Sea also taught us to lift oil under difficult circumstances.

Today, Danish companies export their expertise and products within oil/gas and offshore wind all over the world. If you are intrigued by an international career, you have found the right industry.

Your background

Whether you are a skilled worker, an unskilled worker, or an engineer, the offshore industry offers many exciting work opportunities.

Why take the car to work when you can take the helicopter?

Have you ever dreamed of working at a drilling rig in the North Sea? The offshore industry offers a variety of job opportunities and a different take on working life.

From blacksmith to roustabout, there are many different functions when working offshore, but all jobs take a certain mindset and lifestyle. You need to have team spirit and the ability to work across different functions. It is a hectic and sometimes tough working environment, where safety is never compromised.

At a drilling rig, you work with many different cultures, so the ability to work in an international environment is key.

Do you want help?

Contact the Energy Team: tel.: +45 7616 7472, e-mail: ba-jobservice-energiteam@esbjergkommune.dk.

Teamwork and a meaningful job

When you find yourself hundreds of kilometres offshore for weeks in a row, you establish a special bond with your co-workers. Often, there is a family-like feeling at a drilling rig, because you work, eat, and live together. You are cut off from the outside world and live in a small independent society, where things need to work. A career in offshore brings along friendships, and you often hear people missing the offshore life when they are on land.

As an offshore employee in the Danish part of the North Sea, you are offshore for two weeks and onshore for three weeks. That means long days and a busy schedule, when you are offshore, and the need to concentrate 100% on the job. When you are onshore, you have time to care for your family and friends. It is essential that the whole family accepts that you are away for longer periods.

Work and safety goes hand-in-hand

As an employee in the offshore industry, you quickly learn that safety is the top priority. When you land in a helicopter on a drilling rig, you understand how important safety is. It is vital that safety is never compromised, and this means that you get the time to do your work properly. This aspect appeals to many offshore employees.

If an accident happens on a drilling rig, no one doubts what to do. Mandatory safety training for all employees in the industry ensures this.

If you think an international working environment with technical tasks and a different workplace at sea sounds appealing, then the offshore industry could be something for you!

A knowledge-intensive industry in constant change

Today, the offshore industry is one of the most significant in Denmark, with a turnover of around DKK 110 billion. Consulting, design, and production, as well as monitoring and maintenance of oil/gas installations and sea turbines, are particular strengths of Denmark.

Predictions show that, in the coming decades, we will see an increase in demand in oil and gas, as well as in alternative energy sources. That also means that the industry expects an increase in offshore jobs. According to Offshoreenergy.dk, the number will double towards 2020. Today, 15,000 people are employed in the oil/gas industry and 10,000 people in the offshore wind industry.

The offshore industry is very dependent on knowledge, and, according to offshoreenergy.dk, up to 20% of the jobs in the sector are knowledge-intensive. The wind sector depends on metrological forecasts, inspections, and maintenance of loading arms as well as calculations of wind conditions and placement of the turbines. And in the oil and gas industry, new methods are developed to increase the recovery rate of oil fields. Companies, active in the Danish part of the North Sea, have been challenged by difficult conditions, but innovative solutions have made it possible for the Danish oil- and gas technology to take a leading position when it comes to recovering oil fields. For every percentage that the recovery rate is increased, the production turnover in the Danish sector will rise by DKK 50 billion.

The offshore industry offers a range of career options and a lot of different opportunities – it is just a matter of choosing!

Just another day at the 'office'. Offshore workers have the best office view in the world.

Are you ready for a challenge?

As the oil and gas fields are getting older, the oil extraction has become more technically and commercially challenging. Therefore, there is a significant need for specialised engineers with the technical know-how to develop new methods to maximise production.

Not only does oil and gas need the best brains; offshore wind also has its challenges to reduce costs. There is a lot of synergy in finding innovative solutions that can apply to both the oil/gas and the offshore wind industry. In both sectors, steel constructions must be designed, manufactured, installed, and operated.

The many complex challenges have created the need for companies to recruit specialists outside of Denmark, bringing a healthy diversity to the work force as well as an international working environment.

You do not have to be seaworthy

It is a common misperception that in order to work in the offshore industry, you need to be seaworthy and ready to leave your family for weeks at a time. However, in reality, many of the jobs, up to 70%, are onshore.

Many of the tasks are solved better, cheaper, and safer, onshore – for instance, product development, project management, planning of logistics, and monitoring of wind farms.

So even if you are not seaworthy, you can still aim for a career offshore – in Denmark or abroad.