Anyone have an Oilfield Dictionary I Could Borrow?

Anyone have an oilfield dictionary I can borrow? #oilfield #wives @oilfieldwives

Hubby has officially been a roughneck for three months now and I am only slightly closer to understanding what he does than I was back in October. It’s not that he hasn’t tried to educate me, it’s just that there is so much to learn. I’m from North Carolina where the oil and gas industry is virtually non-existent, so I really don’t know anything about it. It’s hard when he talks about things that happen on the rig and I have no idea what is going on. I want desperately to understand and do more than smile and nod when he talks about work, but it’s almost like he is speaking a completely different language. (Can I get some subtitles?)

I’ve learned the names of the different positions on his rig and what they do. Well, mostly. I’m learning which brand of work boots are best and why he has to wear fire retardant clothing. I even know what the drill bit looks like, but only because Hubby bought a charm to go on my bracelet. (He is a romantic when he wants to be.)

I’m also learning (or re-learning, rather) how to deal with Hubby being gone for two weeks at a time. I’ve already found myself thinking, “Oh, I have a doctor’s appointment while he is on a hitch? Guess I’m taking the kiddos with me.” (Please Doc, make a snarky comment or roll your eyes. I dare you.)This part isn’t as stressful for me as I know it is for others; since Hubby has been military for most of our marriage, I’m more used to going it alone. Thanks, Army. You were good for something besides free medical.

The scariest thing I’ve learned? Just how dangerous this job is. From heavy pipes breaking loose to poisonous gases, this life is not for the faint of heart. Hubby made it through a year in Baghdad, including IEDs and mortar attacks, so you would think this would be nothing. Hear this: having the man you love in danger is never easy, be it in a warzone or on a rig. I just have to trust that the training he has received, along with the daily safety meetings, will keep him and his crew safe.

I know one thing for sure: I am extremely thankful for social groups and websites, like Real Oilfield Wives, that can help in my roughneck education. I may not know exactly what a floorhand does or why Hubby was strapped into a harness and lifted 60ft in the air to pressure wash, but I’m learning. Having a community of like-minded women (and men) to learn from and bounce ideas off of is making this transition from military to oilfield life much easier.

When you first became an oilfield wife, what was the hardest aspect of your roughneck education? Where did you find information about the job and the life? Share your experiences in the comments below or send me a tweet at @Ofwjaimie.

 

jaimieJaimie is 25 years old, wife of almost five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 3 and Justin, 1 month. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter!

About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

Comments

  1. My husband in the oilfield for 6 yrs and I still don’t understand the words that he describes about the rig!! Dad also worked for the oil field, but I never know that till I was an adult cause I did not understand his job either, lol. My husband was also in the Army, so it helps that I am a prior Army wife. Him being gone is all I know in our relationshop and we been married for 16 yrs!

  2. Hi Jaimie! I’m so glad to have you here writing for us!! Being that I’m not technically an oilfield wife, all the lingo is totally lost on me. Hanging around with Melissa the past few years has keyed me in to some of the terms, but I’m still lost! If you ever find that dictionary, maybe you could loan it to me!?

  3. oilfield wife for 16 yrs.He is a driller in the area of eldorado ark

  4. Lindsey_ofw says:

    I didn’t know there was a dictionary I would love to read it!

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