Company: BJ Services Company Canada
Location: Grande Prairie, AB
Base Salary: $81,000 - $139,000. Many companies
also offer additional compensation in the form of an annual bonus
and / or field pay which varies depending on activity levels.
Education: Grade 12 preferred and field
experience in all areas of well stimulation.
Advancement: Moving up to Operations Manager or
Service Line Manager with potential annual salary in excess of
Salary, education and advancement may vary from company to
"Hi, my name's Rick White. I've been in the oil business for 15
years, ever since I quit working construction in Moose Jaw. I
started as a roughneck on a service rig, but after a few years I
went to work for BJ Services, first on a cement truck and then as a
I did all of the jobs on a fracing crew and worked my way up
through the ranks until I got my current job two years ago. I
oversee the 70 frac people at this base who work on jobs throughout
northern Alberta and northeastern BC. Basically, I'm the guy who
makes sure these crews are at the right place at the right time and
that they get the job done to our customer's satisfaction. I'm the
go-to guy for everybody on the operations side.
During our busy winter season, you could say I'm housebound for
90 days since I spend most of my time in the office scheduling
crews and troubleshooting any problems. It can mean long days from
seven in the morning to seven or eight at night, and I'm also on
call 24/7. The up side is that I have a lot of responsibility and
my job is never boring. There's always a problem to solve a
challenge to deal with."