April 19, 2022 01:30 PM EST - April 19, 2022 02:00 PM EST

Offshore Drilling Rigs 101: How YOU Can Work On One!

What does it take to explore for the oil and gas deep beneath the ocean sea floors? Jose Tovar will take you on a virtual tour of the Ocean Star, one of the first offshore drilling rigs whose sole purpose was to explore for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll learn how an offshore drilling rig works, and how YOU can be part of a dynamic drilling crew onboard an offshore rig in the future!

Jose Tovar

Jose Tovar was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. He developed his interest for oil drilling rigs when his dad took him onboard the Garden Banks, a famous semi-submersible drilling rig that was featured in the movie "Armageddon". After graduating from the University of Tulsa with his Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2012, Jose started off his oil and gas career by inspecting and overseeing the construction of offshore drilling rigs, and then went on to work as a Production Enhancement Engineer for Halliburton Energy Services in 2015. He now works for the Ocean Star Drilling Museum and Education Center in Galveston as the Visitors Services Supervisor, where he brings his knowledge of the oil and gas industry to curious tourists who are eager to learn about the industry!


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