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Working As A Directional Driller

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Directional Driller does

  • Advise on directional operations, Good practice, Job execution and over performance.
  • Lead Directional Driller on Location.
  • Open hole sidetracks at Deep and high angle risk.
  • Prepared daily reports, summaries, invoices, and end-of-well reports.
  • Record extended reach Bakken Rotary Steerable well.
  • Organize computer programs to fit plan needs.
  • Update software and firmware of all electronics and surface equipment.
  • Work with MWD and LWD tools and there functions.
  • Maintain list and measurements of all directional tools.
  • Ensured that the desired directional well path and target objectives are achieved.
  • Operated and monitored MWD/LWD services on location.
  • Meet and maintain client expectations, drilling practices, and all safety standards.
  • Filled out bore logs for each job site.
  • Oversee laborers and/or crew members job performance and monitor effective use of time.
  • Work with others (Engineers, specialists and client representatives) to achieve the job requirements.
  • Organize survey, slide sheets, morning reports, coordinate other service personnel.
  • Mud weight ranging from 10ppg to 17ppg.
  • Used Winserve, Microsoft excel and Microsoft Word
  • Operate and maintain motors and down hole tools at rig site.
  • Have clear and precise communication, with all company representative.

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Average Length of Employment
Driller 5.0 years
Rotary Driller 4.0 years
Relief Driller 3.6 years
Drilling Engineer 3.6 years
Hand Driller 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Directional Driller
Driller 28.4%
Floor Hand 10.2%
Derrickman 5.5%
Engineer 4.4%
Operator 4.0%
Roughneck 2.8%
Roustabout 2.5%
Technician 2.0%
Supervisor 1.9%
Top Careers After Directional Driller
Driller 11.4%
Operator 4.8%
Consultant 4.6%
Supervisor 4.3%
Owner 2.6%
Technician 2.4%
Driver 2.3%
Foreman 2.1%

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Highest Directional Driller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Directional Driller Terravici Drilling Solutions, Inc. Stafford, TX Sep 28, 2014 $135,000
Directional Driller Terravici Drilling Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $135,000
Directional Driller Terravici Drilling Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 28, 2011 $135,000
Directional Driller II Baker Hughes Incorporated Denver, CO Jul 01, 2011 $120,000
Directional Driller 4 Baker Hughes Incorporated Denver, CO Jul 02, 2014 $80,000
Directional Driller Supervisor Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Sep 19, 2015 $73,368

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Top Skills for A Directional Driller

  1. Safety Meetings
  2. Mud Pumps
  3. Directional Drill
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct routine safety meetings prior to all operations and ensure that clear communication between all parties is maintained.
  • Serviced Duplex and Triplex Mud pumps.
  • Performed standard directional drilling calculations including projections, survey computations and bit hydraulics.
  • Operated Rotary Steerable directional tools in Kazakhstan and offshore Azerbaijan.
  • Utilized Winserve software and manual calculations.

Directional Driller Demographics

Gender

Male

88.5%

Unknown

8.5%

Female

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Dakota

20.0%

Comanche

5.0%

Norwegian

5.0%

Carrier

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%
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Directional Driller Education

Schools

Oklahoma State University

8.3%

Texas A&M University

7.4%

University of Oklahoma

7.4%

Texas Tech University

6.6%

University of Phoenix

6.6%

University of Wyoming

5.8%

University of Central Oklahoma

5.0%

The Academy

5.0%

Midland College

5.0%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.0%

Louisiana Tech University

4.1%

South Plains College

4.1%

Bakersfield College

4.1%

Universal Technical Institute

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

Sam Houston State University

4.1%

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Odessa College

3.3%

Mississippi State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

14.1%

Petroleum Engineering

12.4%

Electrical Engineering

8.6%

Mechanical Engineering

7.9%

General Studies

6.9%

Automotive Technology

5.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.5%

Geology

4.5%

Management

4.1%

Civil Engineering

3.8%

Precision Metal Working

3.4%

Education

3.4%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Science

3.1%

Theatre

2.7%

Finance

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.1%

Construction Management

2.1%

Kinesiology

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

39.2%

Bachelors

36.4%

Associate

10.3%

Masters

6.2%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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The wages, as a general rule, are exceedingly high. The work is never the same day to day and are challenging every day. Further there is a great balance between managment and operational work... Show More

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It takes a lot of experience to get a handle on the job. One mistake can ruin your carreer and possibly leave you in a litigious situation. We are paid to have answers. Thinking costs $20 to $50 a minute. As such, a bad day can last 16 to 20 hours and be very stressful... Show More

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