Testimonial

Dusty Kokkeler - Rig builder

Dusty Kokkeler
Born in: 1989, Netherlands
Working for: Wagenborg Foxdrill
Since: 2007
Career level: professional
Field of activity: Careers in oil and gas

Being abroad is adventurous. Foxdrill offers young people lots of interesting experiences. You'll become older and wiser.

My story

The first two weeks I attended courses - working at height, forklift truck, safety, VCA, etc. Then I was sent straight into the field. At a project in Germany I was buddied up with one of my colleagues. If you come to work here, you're always buddied up with a colleague. He explains everything. The first job is more a question of watch and learn. It takes more than two years before you're a professional rig builder and even then you never stop learning. Personal protective equipment is extremely important for us, which is why we have the safest and the best.
 

Abroad is adventurous. Foxdrill offers young people lots of interesting experiences. You'll become older and wiser. You experience an awful lot in this work. I've been to Iraq, Chechnya, Nigeria, Gabon, Algeria, Siberia, Dubai, etc. I've been in places where it's minus 40 and I've been in places where it's plus 50 degrees. In Gabon we saw wild elephants next to the tower; that was absolutely amazing.
After 18 months I was offered a permanent contract and obtained my Offshore certificates. That means you can work on an oil rig at sea.
 

It's a social company with a personal focus, you can talk to each other about your problems. Every job is different and you often have to improvise.

My career

I was looking for work and ended up at Wagenborg Foxdrill through my dad. I never thought I'd be doing this type of work. I was appointed after two interviews.