Don, I changed jobs last Thanksgiving after a new company bought the rigs I worked on and I took a 20 percent pay cut. But the goodness was already at work before I could brush the the cobwebs off my resume'.
Another company called me and offered me a position of Drilling Equipment Engineer on an ultra deep water, state of the art, SPAR drilling/production platform.
I am presently working out of an office in Houma, LA, still on a 14/14 schedule. In short it was a pay raise with about 75 percent less stress.
The rig lost the drilling package to the bloody deep during hurricane Ike. It's sitting at the bottom of 4900 feet of water. It was deemed cheaper to build a new drilling package than try to recover and refurbish the old one. The new drilling package was floated out and installed on the platform last February.
In short by the time all the commissioning is completed, along with all the new government requirements after the gulf spill incident, it is speculated that we will not be poking holes in the Gulf of Mexico until the fall of 2014.
GeorgeRead My Rubbish"Nothing torments the mind of a writer more than silence." ~ Me.