Working in the oil patch
Patch Life – It’s not for everyone and it’s like nothing you’ve ever done before.
The oil and gas industry is one of the most unique and rewarding industries in Canada. There are very few places in the world where opportunity exists the way it does in this industry. People come from all over Canada, and all walks of life to have a chance to better themselves and their families. Some make it, and some don’t. Patch life has big rewards, but that’s not to say they’re easily achieved.
The people that live and work in the oil patch are tough. Through 40 below or 40 above, they work long hours, and long shifts – some up to 24 days straight in extremely remote environments. They drive in the worst conditions on the planet. Through snow, ice, and mud, in the dark or in the fog, they can drive up to 2 hours or more to get to the job site. Driving is the most dangerous part of everyone’s job in the oil patch – Period. Those that choose this industry as a career need to be competent, confident drivers that, if conditions get too bad, aren’t afraid to say that it’s not safe to continue, and either postpone or cancel their trip. Safety is always the number one priority in all aspects of the job.