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Robots are taking over oil rigs

Nicholas Newman Eniday June 2017
Oil workers with laptop

Between 2014 and 2016, in response to the oil price collapse, the industry shed some 440,000 jobs worldwide, of which 100,000 oil jobs were lost in Texas alone. As prices recover to around half their peak, former employees are seeking re-engagement, although many are likely to be disappointed. There are several reasons for this, among which are the adoption of cost-cutting, efficiency savings and advanced technology. These have combined to reduce the need for lower-skilled labor in favor of fewer but highly skilled people with information technology and computer skills. Automation is fundamentally changing the nature of the industry, as Donald McLain, chairman of the Industrial Programs Department at Victoria College in South Texas explains: “it used to be you had a toolbox full of wrenches and tubing benders. Now your main tool is a laptop.” Read More

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