Drilling Engineer

Definition - What does Drilling Engineer mean?

A Drilling Engineer is the person responsible for carrying out operations required for drilling an oil or gas well safely and efficiently. A Drilling Engineer is involved from the initial stage of a well design to well testing, completion and final abandon stage.

He or she works with different designations namely senior drilling engineer, Driller, Tool pusher, tower pusher or assistant drillers depending on their experience.

Petropedia explains Drilling Engineer

Drilling engineering can be considered as a subset of petroleum engineering. Many Drilling Engineers have technical background in mechanical, petroleum, drilling engineering or equivalent and they are trained by the company. A Drilling Engineer is involved from the initial phase of well planning and design, through well testing, completion, activation and finally the abandonment phase. Responsibilities may vary depending on the experience and the position held by the Engineer in the organization. Generally, a Senior or experienced Engineer handles the planning department while a mid and junior level Engineer works on sites.

A Drilling Engineer on site has to work closely with the other professionals, such as geologists, geophysicist, mud chemist and mud loggers to monitor and control drilling operations.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of a Drilling Engineer posted on a site are quiet different and challenging as compared to the one who is posted in an office. However, without site experience no organization can post a Drilling Engineer in planning section. On site a Drilling Engineer has the following responsibilities:

  • Involvement in day to day well operations and developing drilling programs.
  • Arranging and maintaining the drilling equipment required.
  • Identifying and specifying equipment, ratings and grades to be used in the drilling process.
  • Coordinating and supervising the team of roughnecks.
  • Monitoring the well parameters and controlling the well in case of an emergency.
  • Coordinating with other departments like cementing, mud engineering, logging, completion, and testing services during operations.
  • Obtaining data and carrying out necessary analysis on site.
  • Preparing well data reports.
  • Taking safety and environmental measures during drilling operations.

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