Chapter 19



If you presently don't have any offshore / oilfield / maritime experience and would like to get some, you might consider a vocational a junior college, vocational school or class which specializes in oil field training. These schools and classes are ran by skilled, experienced professionals who know their stuff. AND don't forget that they will  have insider contacts as well as offer job placement assistance.

Texas Engineering Extension Service

TEEX is a member of The Texas A&M University System and is headquartered in College Station, TX, with regional training centers and offices located around the state. TEEX's training solutions help more than 125,000 workers each year to upgrade their skills, become certified in their professions or learn more about new technologies. TEEX has the experience, people, technology and capabilities to provide technical assistance and learning solutions that can help your organization. Additional information on the below courses can be found here.

  • Advanced Incident Command System
  • Automatic Plotting and Radar Aids
  • Basic Incident Command System
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Coastal Oil Spill Control
  • Fast Rescue Boat Training
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Freshwater Oil Spill Control
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
  • Helicopter Landing Officer Training
  • Intermediate Incident Command System
  • Introduction to Drilling & Production Operations
  • Oil Tanker Safety and Familiarization
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
  • Personal Survival at Sea
  • Personal Survival, Survival Suits & Survival Craft
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Radar Observer Certification for Inland Waters
  • Radar Observer—Unlimited Certification
  • Radar Review and Recertification
  • Sea Survival and Helicopter Safety and Egress
  • Spill Management Team / Qualified Individual
  • STCW Basic Safety Training 
  • Tank Barge: Dangerous Liquids
  • Tank-Barge Firefighting
  • Tankerman-PIC Dangerous Liquids


Lafayette Regional Institute

The Lafayette Regional Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana offers a two-month course instructing students in the same roughnecking basics. Their course is entitled Petroleum Rig Training and involves intense training in all phases of basic roughnecking. Louisiana residents can attend the courses free. Accommodations are provided for by the school but meals must be furnished by the students. Job assistance is available to qualified graduates. Send inquires to:

Lafayette Regional Institute
PO Box 4909
Lafayette, LA 70502

Louisiana Marine & Petroleum Industry

This organization offers two excellent types of courses for those interested in obtaining Coast Guard endorsements and licenses, which are very helpful in obtaining employment.

  1. Indoctrination Phase - provides a student with basic deckhand training, including marine industry orientation, basic seamanship, and basic engineering. It is a six-week course and during that time the trainees will also obtain their seaman's papers if they have the documentation required by the Coast Guard.
  2. The Core Program - is a two year comprehensive training program that includes one year of formal training (1,365 hours) and one year of on-the-job training along with formal training at the institute. It is designed to help in obtaining endorsements for Master/Mate, Ocean Operator, Assistant or Chief Engineer, Able Bodied Seaman, and Oiler.

Job assistance is available after the successful completion of either of these programs. For further information, class schedules, and cost of tuition, inquire to:

Louisiana Marine and Petroleum Institute
PO Box 10251, Station I
Houma, LA 70360
Attn: Student Personnel Officer

Nationally Accredited Colleges (general)

Because of the enormous number of people who work offshore, several colleges have provided special classes for the folds on a 7/7 day schedule. This allows offshore workers to further their education if they are so inclined.

Perkinston Junior College

This Mississippi junior college offers a two-year technical program for those seeking employment in the exploration, production, and refining of petroleum products. The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course prescribed in the curriculum. Send inquires to:

Perkinston Junior College
Perkinston, MS 39573

Nicholls State University

This Louisiana college offers several petroleum related courses. After successful completion of the courses, an Associate of Science degree will be awarded either in Petroleum Services and/or Petroleum Safety. For those wishing to further their education, a Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded to those who successfully complete the prescribed courses. Send inquires to:

Nicholls State University
Office of the Dean of Admissions and Registrar
University Station
Thibodaux, LA 70310

State Vocational Schools (general)

All states have some form of vocational schools or classes, either in the high school or college level. Many of them are open to the public in the form of night classes. Courses include auto and diesel mechanics, hydraulics, industrial electricity, welding, and fabrication and machine shop operation. Backgrounds in any of these fields will be helpful in obtaining offshore employment.



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