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Ranger198
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As someone else has said cost control is a good stepping stone. Learn SAP! You could even start as a office manager/ timekeeper and move up to cost etc. Good luck.





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Teddy Ruxpin
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What salary ranges are we talking about here for each step? Just curious.

For the office jobs in LA that an inexperienced but highly educated person can get. Not those rigs or anything.



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Ranger198
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timekeeper- Mid $20's/hr
office manager- $30ish/hr
cost- $32-60/hr depending on experience
Scheduling- $30 on up depending on experience and knowledge of P6


My advice would be to take a P6 class and try to find a class on SAP. That way you will be able to cross over and after years of experience become a PCM if you so desire.



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Teddy Ruxpin
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Thanks for the info.

Curious as to what pay cut I could expect, because I am pretty certain if I leave my field I'd be taking one for a few years. Need to know if the damage will be worth it long term.






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NOLAManBlog
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Sounds like you're hungry and willing to do whatever it takes

If that's the case, you need to not limit yourself to Louisiana/Texas/Gulf Coast area. If you have to go to Wyoming or North Dakota to get paid do it. shite if you're willing to go offshore, then what difference does it make?


I want to stay in LA/TX/GulfCoast. No opportunities there even in shale?






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NOLAManBlog
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I guess sales would be a natural for you. There are a bunch of really good companies in the area (more if you include the West Bank). One thing I would definitely be wary of is to make sure the company you sign on with has contacts and is on most of the majors approved supplier lists. That would make your life a lot easier. Some sales positions require heavy technical experience, others you are more of an entertainer with a moderate amount of product knowledge.


What are these companies selling? Can you drop a few names if you don't mind? I can call them today.






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The Connoisseur
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Could be a ridiculous question but does anyone know if its possible to get a summer job on an oil rig or something of that nature in LA or around there? No experience either. Thanks just curious





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NOLAManBlog
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Go work for a contractor in billing (field billing if you can). Even if you have to break in in timekeeping, you'll move up quick if you are good. Timekeeping to cost control to project billing. You'll be dealing with several companies in the O&G field. Network, network, network. Talk to everyone, never complain, never talk bad about your company. Eventually you'll move up within your company or one of the plants will want to hire you.


Would that require an accounting background? Would it be difficult to be hired with no accounting experience?






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jimbeam
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Would like to know as well





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NOLAManBlog
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Oil and Gas Question. No experience. Entry level jobs.
Try Kinder Morgan...rapidly growing company that will hire anyone seemingly....then leave once you gain experience and go to a company that has their shite together.

I speak only of the Gulf liquids side of KM because they handle my product....nat gas may be different.


Ok. I am looking into that company. Which types of jobs would I qualify for with degrees in completely unrelated fields?






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NOLAManBlog
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Maybe you can work in scheduling. It seems like these folks are always in demand. Maybe take an online course in Microsoft projects or primavera and start applying. As soon as you're eligible get your pmp certification. You will definitely start at the bottom, but you can probably move up pretty quickly.


Ok, which companies are looking for people in scheduling? Pmp must stand for project management professional






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NOLAManBlog
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If you really want to do whatever it takes open your search up to the onshore shale plays. The Bakken, Permian Basin, Eagle Ford and Marcellus should all have plenty of opportunities amongst others.

They have a particularly hard time getting people in the Bakken (western ND). I've spent some time up there and the weather blows but you will get invaluable experience and make a ton of $ in the process. Make sure they are providing housing as part of your employmen as well.

I know some companies generally prefer getting inexperienced, educated people in their workforce (like yourself) that they can mold and train rather than hiring old field hands who have developed bad and unsafe habits.

Get on Rigzone and apply, apply, apply


Thanks for the response. I am interested in the shale plays as well, particularly Haynesville, Fayettteville, and Eagle Ford. Why did you leave the Bakken Shale in ND? Which companies prefer getting inexperienced educated people?






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NOLAManBlog
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As someone else has said cost control is a good stepping stone. Learn SAP! You could even start as a office manager/ timekeeper and move up to cost etc. Good luck.


Thanks for the response. What is SAP?






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AngryBeavers
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What is SAP?


Oh good lord...



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TJG210
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Ok, which companies are looking for people in scheduling? Pmp must stand for project management professional


I would start with the engineering companies in the area. But it would really help your case out if you at least had a certification or two before walking in the door.






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ShotLoad43tbsp
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I'm in a similar position. Masters degree in unrelated field, but have 3 years of GIS experience which I believe O&G companies use for mapping.





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Slickback
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Would that require an accounting background? Would it be difficult to be hired with no accounting experience?


Timekeeping wouldn't. Get in there and you can move to the accounting/billing side, cost, or even procurement/purchasing or planning/scheduling/estimating. If you show you're a good worker, the company will want you to stay (and not in a timekeeper role).






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BoobYo
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I have a BSME, but I have no field experience. Graduated in 2010, but found job in an unrelated field. Going back to local CC for an AutoCAD certification program. What are the drafting/design related jobs associated with O/G? Or is the certification useless lol? The program covers structural and civil drafting. Thanks guys.





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Slickback
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I have a BSME, but I have no field experience. Graduated in 2010, but found job in an unrelated field. Going back to local CC for an AutoCAD certification program. What are the drafting/design related jobs associated with O/G? Or is the certification useless lol? The program covers structural and civil drafting. Thanks guys.


I'm not real familiar with that discipline, but I know a few drafters (without degrees) and they do well and always have other offers (which leads me to believe there is high demand). Check with the engineering firms in the O&G field; Jacobs, Willbros, CB&I, Fluor, etc.






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Powerman
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My advice would be to take a P6 class

Right

But before you even frick with the software you need to pick up a good book on CPM.

Nothing worse than a scheduler who is a glorified primavera tech






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