4 Things To Do During Spring Break-Up
You know what they say; students get Spring Break and roughnecks get Spring Break-Up.
It might feel like winter just won’t leave, but those of us in the oil and gas field know that spring is just around the corner. And that means its nearly Breakup. Those of you that are new to the industry or our harsh, winter climates, might not be familiar with Break-Up. But for the seasoned worker, they can tell you that Break-Up is an inevitability every spring.
What is Break-Up?
Break-Up is an industry term. It’s the time of year, typically in early spring, when the snow begins to melt and the frost begins to come out of the ground and causes mud and soft spots. The municipal and provincial governments ban heavy loads from traversing roads to prevent any damage. Hyrdovacs, Water trucks, and Rig Movers are stationary until the ground begins to harden back up.
This causes a slow period for many in the industry. So what can you do to pass the time during Break-Up?
Things To Do During Break-Up
1. Use this time for maintenance.
Bring your things into the shop, replace old and outdated tools and equipment, do that oil change you have been putting off. It’s a slow time for many in the industry, so why not make use of it to accomplish some of the things you’re too busy to deal with during the year?
2. Look for seasonal work.
If you find yourself in a very slow patch or out of work until Break-Up ends, it might be time to look into other seasonal work. Servicing companies may have more opportunities than pipeline work. You don’t even have to stick within the industry. Many seasonal roughnecks spend their springs and summers doing landscaping, farming, or working with construction and road crews.
3. Renew your certificates!
You need First Aid, H2S, and eGSO certificates to do work in the oil industry so make use of this time to get them done. This way you’re not scrambling to get them done the day before they expire and potentially missing out on work. Book them early! Our slow season is the course givers busy season.
4. Take that vacation.
You’ve earned it! It’s easy to lose sight of things when you’re constantly busy in the on season. But during Break-Up it’s time to set some time aside for yourself. Spend some time with the kids, go for a drink with friends, just get on a plane and go somewhere. You can’t work all the time. You need some time to enjoy your life.
Break-Up can be a tough time in the industry. But there’s plenty of things you can do to make the time go by quickly. June will be here soon and then it’s back to the grindstone.
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