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Old 11-24-2008, 09:18 AM
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There still is plenty of work to be had up here! And dont worry about housing, I can set you up with a place to stay. Tate, McMurray sucks if you work 7 days a week and all night shift,, lol. Hard to find the good stuff when you dont have a life,, LOL..

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Yeah, as for jobs, the companys up here are still hiring. If it freezes a bit harder and we don't get a huge dump of snow, I think the winter drilling programs will get off to an early start. I think for anybody in the fort mac area of the world it will be business as usual. There is soooooo much money already invested in these projects that they are not going to stop construction. Also, when lots of these new projects were started, they were deemed profitable at $45 a barrel for oil, and even with the price of oil coming down from the crazy high it was at, were still OK.

Now if I had just sold those shares before it all went in the crapper...........
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There still is plenty of work to be had up here! And dont worry about housing, I can set you up with a place to stay. Tate, McMurray sucks if you work 7 days a week and all night shift,, lol. Hard to find the good stuff when you dont have a life,, LOL..

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Keep your eyes and ears open for any Safety Specialist / Advisor positions please. My company's contract runs out and I've been told my last day is Dec. 19th where I'm at now. I really don't feel like going back into the field, so I thought I may go consulting and work for myself.

My CRSP application hits the mail today!! Once I get off here and get it all together of course.
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Kev, thats normal Calgary life buddy. I've pretty much done that for the entire year. Most of the summer it was 12 to 14hr days, 6 to 7 days a week. Winter doesn't look to much different and I'm pretty much booked up till spring. Hopefully this summer is slower than the last year.
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I'm waiting for some companies to pull their heads out of their *** already.They still think that money grows on trees.Just for the heck of it I called a company(which I can't mention because it may upset some people) on a price of a stack kit.I just laugh when I got the price.Two stainless steel stacks(5 inch) with just standard pipe(4 inch),no resonator a cost of $1,135.Installed was $1,535.It would be a dark day I would pay that.The cost saving is over half, purchasing it from Freightliner...
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I personally have gotten really sick of getting screwed on stuff up here. I have made it a policy to see how much an item is from the states before I even look up here. Usually I can get the same stuff out of the U.S. for way cheeper, even with shipping and our dollar getting poorer and poorer. I don't mind supporting albertan businesses if it is within reason. Just a few dollars more, heck I'll buy locally, twice the price, they can get bent.

Vehicles are a good example, I bought my 06 laramie when the dollar was 79 cents. When the dollar was par and above, they wanted 2 to 5 thousand more than what I paid, ON SALE. And wouldn't budge on the price. Well, the auto dealers and car manufactures and paying for it now.

It's a global economy now. (Although I have noticed for consumer items it is better now than even a year ago.)
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Awesome, I think I will be starting to send out a few applications/resume in the next couple of days.
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Husky just released over 50 drilling and service rigs????
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What will be good is in the spring when all the companies need rig crews again and they are no where to be found.
Sorry to say but Roughnecks are getting more rare by the year. This due to the way they get treated.
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What will be good is in the spring when all the companies need rig crews again and they are no where to be found.
Sorry to say but Roughnecks are getting more rare by the year. This due to the way they get treated.
What do you do for a living??? I'm one of those guys that look after service rigs so what do you mean by "how they are treated"??? When there's no work, there's no work. We treat our guys like family at our small rig company....
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I agree with dodge diesel, i run a service rig and those roughneck's get treated way better then i ever did when i started. Ive had over 25 roughies this year, and it's due to not enough work. Plus your getting guys form walmart and canadian tire who just come out for money, but dont want to work for it. if that guy cant pick up a 36" pipe wrench then yeah he gets teased. That generation just dont have any ambition to work for there money, they just expect to get it handed to them. Im sorry for the rant and maybe im out of line, but for you to say we treat the roughnecks with no respect, i think thats out of line...I see my rig crew more then my own family, these guys are more then just co-workers they are my family..
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I agree with dodge diesel, i run a service rig and those roughneck's get treated way better then i ever did when i started. Ive had over 25 roughies this year, and it's due to not enough work. Plus your getting guys form walmart and canadian tire who just come out for money, but dont want to work for it. if that guy cant pick up a 36" pipe wrench then yeah he gets teased. That generation just dont have any ambition to work for there money, they just expect to get it handed to them. Im sorry for the rant and maybe im out of line, but for you to say we treat the roughnecks with no respect, i think thats out of line...I see my rig crew more then my own family, these guys are more then just co-workers they are my family..
Yep..........way different than when I first started in the patch - first time, got yelled at - second time you didn't remember, some time of wrench was coming at you

Well, not that bad, but pretty close.

It is true. I get to see it in the plants and the field. It is a different type of worker nowadays........and you have to be nice.......or they will cry.........and you get sent for Effective Communication class..........oohhhhhh, too much information
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get this, nabors is now sending us manager's to a course to teach us how to treat people. Holy ***** batman, how about sending these kids to a course on life and why they should realize money aint for nothing and the chicks are for free lol no i just mean they really have no value's, maybe send there parents to a course i dont know. Just quit sending them to my rig ... I could go on for ever on this issue,and maybe i should just stop now while im ahead.

"I did get wrenches thrown at me" My first push called me by every name "vulgar" there was except my real name. He once asked me what my real name was 2 months later.
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Originally Posted by dodgediesel View Post
What do you do for a living??? I'm one of those guys that look after service rigs so what do you mean by "how they are treated"??? When there's no work, there's no work. We treat our guys like family at our small rig company....

I see he work's for the government, [email protected] maybe now i understand his comment . I hope he doesent come to my rig and bust my ***** now.
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A buddy's name was "Worse Than Useless" for months.

Hey "Worse Than Useless", go................

Oh.....it still kills me.
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