A drilling engineer assists with all aspects of planning, especially casing design, drilling the bit and bottom hole, assembly design and hydraulics.
Personal requirements of a drilling engineer may include:
- Good communication skills
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Good interpersonal skills
- Being a good team player
- Analytical and problem solving skills
Drilling engineers may complete the following tasks:
- Design drilling programs to achieve exploration objectives in a safe and cost effective manner
- Ensure procedures are technically valid and applicable
- Design safe and economic casing strings
- Design wellbore hydraulics and BHAs to maximise bit life and drilling rate
- Assist the drilling superintendent or senior drilling engineer
- Ensure all routine drilling and cost control reports are accurate, complete and timely
- Communicate with service contractors about technical issues and any changes in the drilling program
For this occupation it is usually necessary to undertake a Bachelor degree in engineering or science at university. Entry requirements may vary; therefore ask your nearest university for further information. It also may be a requirement for an applicant to have five years' oil and gas drilling experience with an operating company, as well as industry training in drilling technology and HSE. Some jobs may also require further education or specialisation in petroleum engineering.