A drilling engineer develops, plans, costs and supervises the operations necessary for drilling oil and gas wells. They are involved from initial well design to testing, completion and abandonment.
Engineers can be employed on land, on offshore platforms or on mobile drilling units either by the operating oil company, a specialist drilling contractor or a service company.
The role can involve administering drilling and service contracts, engineering design, the planning of wells and supervising the drilling crew on site.
Drilling engineers work with other professionals, such as geologists and geoscientists, to monitor drilling progress, oversee safety management and ensure the protection of the environment.
The role of a drilling engineer can vary depending on the employer but tasks often include:
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