Rig electricians work on oil rigs and in other marine environments, looking after high-voltage power-generation systems, motors, controls and equipment specially designed for use in hazardous areas. Specialised training is usually performed before going offshore.
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Rigs and marine environments offer little physical space for people and technical equipment, so offshore companies prefer to hire trained personnel who do not require instructors. Rig electrician training and employment will mainly be offered to industrial electricians who are used to maintaining large high-voltage equipment and systems.
Rig electrician training includes maintenance of electrical equipment for hazardous areas, high-voltage switching, emergency conditions, use of portable gas-detection equipment and operational procedures on islands. Many course providers include physical fitness training and assessments in their courses to prepare applicants for the hard conditions offshore.
Time Frame and Fees
Providers expect applicants to have had training in high-voltage power transmission before signing up for rig electrician training. Courses last for five days and cost about £2,600. The fees are usually paid by employers in the gas and oil industry who wish to prepare new employees for offshore work.
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