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Oil sites jobs for unspecialised ladies?

Hi there..

So I was wondering.. what kind of jobs to women do in the camps, if they don't have any specialized licenses?
I know a friend of mine worked in a camp for a bit, but she never said what she did out there, and I havn't heard back from her when I ask.

I hope to train for something once I"ve worked for a year and saved up.. but I was hoping people here could fill me in.

I know there's lots of labour jobs out there, but what do those people DO? Are you trained? Is it like an assembly line? Is it indoors or out?

I'll never have a man's strength, so if I were to take some program at Keyano, what do people reccomend taking that will lead to big bucks? Hopefully somethign only 2 years long?

I've also heard that the Tim Hoortons on site pay well and provide camp housing.. does anyone have any clue what those people make? I've been thinking of taking up a part time position at a Tim Hortons out here just so I could transfer to a camp position, though I'm not even sure if it would work that way.

Thoughts? Suggestions?? Thanks!
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Re: Oil sites jobs for unspecialised ladies?

Unread postby MacDaddy » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:56 am

Kydilee wrote:Hi there..

So I was wondering.. what kind of jobs to women do in the camps, if they don't have any specialized licenses?
I know a friend of mine worked in a camp for a bit, but she never said what she did out there, and I havn't heard back from her when I ask.

I hope to train for something once I"ve worked for a year and saved up.. but I was hoping people here could fill me in.

I know there's lots of labour jobs out there, but what do those people DO? Are you trained? Is it like an assembly line? Is it indoors or out?

I'll never have a man's strength, so if I were to take some program at Keyano, what do people reccomend taking that will lead to big bucks? Hopefully somethign only 2 years long?

I've also heard that the Tim Hoortons on site pay well and provide camp housing.. does anyone have any clue what those people make? I've been thinking of taking up a part time position at a Tim Hortons out here just so I could transfer to a camp position, though I'm not even sure if it would work that way.

Thoughts? Suggestions?? Thanks!


A couple of thoughts for you......

First is that it sounds like you are under the impression that camp accommodations are an alternative to getting housing here. Camp accommodations are only for when you are on shift. You still need to have a place to live when you are off.

Second is that many of the in town employees at these big oil companies have a spouse/significant other who will jump at the opportunity for a unskilled position that pays more than other companies in town. You will be competing against these people and nepotism runs deep in these woods.

Third, anything at Keyano that will reward you with the big bucks will also have you competing against a large pool of people already established here. While you may not be dealing with nepotism, you will be competing academically for positions just like any other post secondary institution.

Fourth, forgive me for being a wet blanket but you really should get everything lined up before coming here. You are not the first person who thought of showing up and making your fortune. That is just not going to happen. If going to school is your plan get that done before you come out here. This is an expensive town just to be a student. Research careers and choose one that you can see yourself being happy as. Once you choose a direction get your training/certification in Ontario and become someone that these companies need. It sounds like you have your family close by. Stay close to them while you going through any career training you decide on.
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Re: Oil sites jobs for unspecialised ladies?

Unread postby Kydilee » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:24 am

Hi there Mac Daddy, thanks for the honest thougths!
I'd not even thought about nepotism or trying to get into the college!
Thanks for your honest and helpful advice.

I think I'm going to keep trying to apply from out here, adding to my resumes that I'm willign to relocate myself, I just want a job to start once I'm out there, rather than looking for months and wasting money.

I was also thinking of geting a part time job at a Tim Hortons out here, and then hopefully transfering later on to one of the ones availiable at a camp, as I hear they provide housing out there. Any thoughts on that? Thanks!
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Re: Oil sites jobs for unspecialised ladies?

Unread postby MacDaddy » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:36 am

Have you considered getting a certificate in food prep or hotel restaurant management in Ontario? That would open up much more than pushing coffee an doughnuts at a camp Tim's. Most of the camps are run by private companies who area always looking for people to run the camp operations. You always see adds posted for front desk staff, kitchen staff etc, etc. Depending on the location many will offer accommodations while you are on shift and transportation to Edmonton, sometimes Calgary as well. This would let you find a place in Edmonton which would be cheaper and you could pick up a part time job there as many people do who don't have other commitments (school/family).
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Re: Oil sites jobs for unspecialised ladies?

Unread postby Kydilee » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:42 pm

Hi again,
Currently, camp operations is exaclty what I'm hoping to find! I've been trying to figure out which companies it is that runs the camps, so I can apply directly to them. While I know it wouldn't be the most money out there.. my plan is to just find anything I can do well out in a camp, so I can save money with housing provided. Once I think I've got enough to go to school, and I have some idea of what course I should take, (after seeing need ect) then hopefully I'd get certified in something.. but 2 years is a long time to spend on food cert, and that's not my life ambition!

I'm considering getting a part time job out here in Ontario at a Tims, learning what I can, and then transfering to a camp location as soon as I can, as I hear they provide accomodations. On my off days, I was thinking of trying to find work at a hotel that would also provide houseing. So I'd be housed all the way around, and learning skills that I could later apply to an "accomodations/logistics/bookings" job with one of the camps. It likely woudln't pay as much as the pipefitters ect, but it shure as hell would likely pay more than 30G. Or, for off days, I would rent a room in a house, and I've seen some affordable places listed on Kijiji, comparable to what I pay in Toronto.

I've been living on $30 G. for the last 10 years. No raises. No hope for retirement, having a car (to get the hell out of this concrete jungle, see family ect) ect.. just getting by.. time for change! I hear there's lots of single men in Fort Mac.. and that there's lots of family oriented growth there :) Some day I want to own a buisness, even if it's just a convinience store. First I need to make the money to buy into/grow a store. Anyway. That's the plan.

Any idea which companies run those camps??! :)
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Re: Oil sites jobs for unspecialised ladies?

Unread postby Kydilee » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:20 am

dilligaf lmfao ... THANK YOU!!!! Front desk in a camp.. exactly what I'm looking for!! (Unless I can find a safety training/tour coordinator position.. I would be in my element in those!)
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