It's a weird deal. You force yourself to leave your family and friends every 2 weeks. It can be unnerving. While we’re at work, everyone is in the same boat. We work together and we eat together for weeks at a time. I think through this we subconsciously develop strong relationships and our friends on the rig turn into a kind of second family. It’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by some of the most well-traveled and intelligent people you have ever encountered. I have had the opportunity to learn many things about the world we live in from these people’s firsthand experiences. In my mind, no book or TV show can beat that.
The most important thing I’ve taken away from the Slope is the safety culture. It gives you a keen sense of leadership, respect, and instills the unequivocal benefits of communication. Self-accountability is huge in our workplace. When you learn to be upfront with the mistakes you make, learn from them, and share that knowledge with others, you and the people around you grow stronger on the job and off.
The oil drilling industry is an exciting place to work. The rigs are massive machines that are very technologically advanced and continuously being improved. As a roughneck you can discover the magic of mechanics, the energy of electricity, and see the power of pressure. And most importantly, the perseverance of people.