Drilling engineers are in charge of all aspects of drilling, following project specifications and performing real-time monitoring of drilling operations. They contribute ideas related to drilling methods, change drilling requirements as needed, and take part in planning and optimization of drilling parameters for increased efficiency. Additionally, drilling engineers identify technical operational limiters and participate in project meetings to recommend drilling planning processes changes, as well as analyze offsets and establish initial drilling parameter set points.
Drilling engineers also monitor and survey land operations, provide technical consultation during and after drilling operations, and use a personal computer loaded with proprietary and industry software to set drilling parameters and review specifications. In addition, they collaborate with other company teams on drilling and engineering requirements. In all tasks, drilling engineers must closely follow safety regulations, and they need to evaluate performance after drilling is complete.
A bachelor's degree in engineering and previous experience are required for this position. Industry certifications may be beneficial. Drilling engineers must have strong communication skills, be well-organized, and pay close attention to detail. They must work well with other engineers in a team setting to reach all company goals in a timely manner; however, they also need to perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
Drilling Engineer Tasks
Support field supervisors throughout the implementation and assist on-site as needed.
Develop cost estimates and risks versus rewards analysis.
Develop strategies to achieve well construction and data gathering objectives.
Document results, problems and causes and improvement suggestions throughout the implementation.