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    You don't want to be working up in the oil sands for anything less then 50$/hour it's absolute hell up there, coming from someone that's up there on a regular basis.
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    Yea a late reply, but Im in well servicing in AB and I personally like the work. The pay is good, the benefits are good, and the people are good(for the most part)

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    Half my province works there Know a lot of guys who go back and forth and they love it. Other side of the coin know a few of the lads who went up hated it and now work back in NL. Depends what you want out of it I suppose.
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    I've never worked up north, and hope never to (fingers crossed). But the majority of people who I have talked to hate it, and eventually burnout cause of the job, but mainly the traveling back and forth.

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    well , i should be done ( graduating )in december 2013 ( bachelors in mechanical engineering) , i was thinking of moving to alberta ....how's the life experience up there , i know the work would be hard , but if the salary is good am willing to work my as* off

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    EV. I know a few people working there, actually more than a few, a person I know's girlfriend's dad owns one of the Fields and a ton of Rigs in Calgary. But if you would like to know anything let me know and I should be able to put you through to one of my contacts over facebook. Cheers. Ps I know this is old but I'm just saying. Cheers.

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    I'd love to go drill in Alberta. However after applying to countless positions, it seems as though you won't get hired unless you are on the ground in Alberta. Is this the case? I'm currently also toying with the idea of going back to school; first world problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuvauto View Post
    I'd love to go drill in Alberta. However after applying to countless positions, it seems as though you won't get hired unless you are on the ground in Alberta. Is this the case? I'm currently also toying with the idea of going back to school; first world problems.
    Yes, you have to be here. 10 years ago companies used to sometimes hire over the phone, but that doesn't happen much anymore at all. They want to see you out here...which shows you are serious (and available) to work. All you need is your H2S ticket and first aid. So many guys from the east coast think that you just randomly email or call a company and they'll hire you, meet you are the airport with a brand new truck and a briefcase filled with 100k in $100 bills for a signing bonus. LOL It doesn't work that way.

    There are tons of jobs out here, you just need to put some preparation and work into it before you will get work. It comes easy....but not THAT easy. Like I said, move here, get those two tickets and you will have multiple call backs with job offers 100% guaranteed.

    Another tip for you....drilling operations typically are busy between Oct-March. Spring and summer are always a lot slower.
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    The bad news is it's very slow this year and jobs are hard to come by with no experience. You need to be here you need as above first aid, H2S and PST/petroleum safety training before you can get a job. Starting in most cases is likely $26-30/hr with time and 1/2 for the last 4hrs you work 12hr shifts. The company I work for hires at $65,000 salary/year + $285/day every day you actually work along with a truck, fuel card, cell phone, an expense account and all equipment you need. A couple guys I met through tuning cars I ended up hiring and they will make $200k this year so the potential is there but it's hard work and sacrifice no one is looking to give hand outs and if you're not performing a pink slip will come your way pretty quick.
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    i know this is a few month ago but i wanted to bump this

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