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Precision Drilling Job Fairs in Barrie

Canada’s largest provider of oilfield services-Precision Drilling will host a job fair on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 210 Essa Rd. Barrie, Ontario to present a variety of career opportunities.

Known as the “leading employer” in the oil industry, Precision wants to add to its team of “Toughnecks” crews, composed of people who are flexible and willing to work in both camp and non-camp environments.

Bern Leonard, Precision’s manager of field recruitment, says Barrie was chosen as a destination for a job fair because he saw a good match between what his company needs and the existing labour force.

Potential rig jobs include leasehand, floorhand, motorhand, derrickhand and driller, with 2008 pay rates ranging from $26 to $40 per hour.

About Precision

Precision Drilling Ltd. was founded as a private drilling contractor in the early 1950s in the post-Leduc oil boom in western Canada and, after restructuring in the 1980s, grew to become the largest provider of oilfield services in Canada.

The roots of Precision Drilling Trust, date to 1987 with the reverse takeover of the far larger Precision Drilling Ltd. by Cypress Drilling Ltd., a company established two years earlier under the leadership of Hank Swartout.

In the next decade, Precision's fleet grew to more than 100 drilling rigs through acquisitions and rig builds. The acquisition of Kenting Energy Services in 1997 doubled Precision's fleet again to more than 200 rigs. Today, Precision operates over 240 land drilling rigs in Canada and United States.

Expansion into businesses that became Precision Well Servicing, Live Well Service and Precision Rentals began with the acquisitions of diversified oilfield services company EnServ Corp. in 1996 and CenAlta Energy Services four years later. Today, Precision operates over 235 service rigs, 30 snubbing units and provides 15,000 pieces of rental equipment.

To support its rig fleets, Precision developed complementary business lines. Precision entered the camp and catering business with the 1993 acquisition of LRG Oilfield Services and augmented its rig manufacturing and logistical support capabilities with the acquisitions of Rostel Industries in 1996 and Columbia Oilfield Supply in 1997. In 2005 Precision Corporation converted to an open-ended income trust and in 2006 Precision entered the campsite wastewater treatment business with the acquisition of Terra Water Group. More information can be found at

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