Hometown: St. John’s
Company: Ozark Services Ltd.
“It is very rewarding to be an electrician. It provides me with a challenging environment every day – from boats to oil rigs. It is very interesting to be involved with a high tech industry that allows me to grow in the electrical field.”
Robert completed the Industrial/Construction/Electrician program at the College of the North Atlantic. He says his high school math, biology and physics courses were most applicable to his post-secondary studies. Robert says he was drawn to this field for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that there are several electricians in his family. He says he also enjoys working outside, with others and in an environment that offers new things every day. He enjoys the challenge of his work and the long-term growth possibilities.
Robert usually works 8 am-4:30 pm. He works on a rotation when he is required to work offshore. Robert lives close to his place of work – he has just a 10-minute drive. His job involves some travel across Newfoundland & Labrador and to offshore posts on several different rigs. His duties include a variety of electrical work, including maintenance on equipment and wiring of electrical systems. He says electricians must be reasonably fit, not afraid of heights, and able to stand for long periods of time and perform some heavy lifting.
Robert’s job involves outside and inside work, sometimes involving heights. He has worked on boats, offshore rigs and in other industrial settings. There are numerous risks associated with Robert’s work: electric shock, the danger of falling, muscle strains due to physical duties, back strains and eye injury which is why safety is the number one priority.
Robert began his career at a window manufacturing plant. He then became an apprentice electrician (residential), changed to industrial electrician during school and progressed to his current position as a Journeyman Industrial Electrician. Robert plans to return to school in the future to complete an Instrumentation Program. This will allow him to gain the dual ticketed Electrical/Instrumentation certification and open up many other job opportunities.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for Robert’s occupation is $40,000-80,000 annually, while career compensation can range from $50,000-120,000. His employer provides an insurance and pension plan, as well as annual and seasonal bonuses. Isolation/hazard pay is offered, if applicable to a particular job. Specialized training is also provided as needed in various fields (Thermal Imaging is one example).
Robert feels that oil and gas industry salaries are higher than most other industries and higher than most other non oil and gas careers with similar amounts of training.