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Working As A Drilling Engineer

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Drilling Engineer Do

Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells.

Duties

Petroleum engineers typically do the following:

  • Design equipment to extract oil and gas in the most profitable way
  • Develop ways to inject water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reserve to force out more oil
  • Develop plans to drill in oil and gas fields, and then to recover the oil and gas
  • Evaluate the production of wells through testing and surveys
  • Use computer-controlled drilling or fracturing to connect a larger area of an oil and gas deposit to a single well
  • Make sure that oil field equipment is installed, operated, and maintained properly

Oil and gas deposits, or reservoirs, are located deep in rock formations underground. These reservoirs can only be accessed by drilling wells, either on land or at sea from offshore oil rigs.

Once oil and gas are discovered, petroleum engineers work with geoscientists and other specialists to understand the geologic formation of the rock containing the reservoir. They then determine the drilling methods, design the drilling equipment, implement the drilling plan, and monitor operations.

The best techniques currently being used recover only a portion of the oil and gas in a reservoir, so petroleum engineers also research and develop new ways to recover more of the oil and gas. This helps to lower the cost of drilling and production.

The following are examples of types of petroleum engineers:

Completions engineers decide the best way to finish building wells so that oil or gas will flow up from underground. They oversee work to complete the building of wells, which might involve the use of tubing, hydraulic fracturing, or pressure-control techniques.

Drilling engineers determine the best way to drill oil or gas wells, taking into account a number of factors, including cost. They also ensure that the drilling process is safe, efficient, and minimally disruptive to the environment.

Production engineers take over wells after drilling is completed. They typically monitor wells’ oil and gas production. If wells are not producing as much as expected, production engineers figure out ways to increase the amount being extracted.

Reservoir engineers estimate how much oil or gas can be recovered from underground deposits, known as reservoirs. They study reservoirs’ characteristics and determine which methods will get the most oil or gas out of them. They also monitor operations to ensure that the optimal levels of these resources are being recovered.

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How To Become A Drilling Engineer

Petroleum engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably in petroleum engineering. However, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or chemical engineering may also meet employer requirements. Employers also value work experience, so college cooperative-education programs, in which students earn academic credit and job experience, are valuable as well.

Education

Students interested in studying petroleum engineering will benefit from taking high school courses in math, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; and in science, such as biology, chemistry, and physics.

Entry-level petroleum engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degree programs include classes, laboratory work, and field studies in areas such as engineering principles, geology, and thermodynamics. Most colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs in chemical or mechanical engineering that lead to both a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree. Some employers may prefer applicants who have earned a graduate degree. A graduate degree also allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities or in research and development.

ABET accredits programs in petroleum engineering.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Petroleum engineers must be able to assess complex plans for drilling and anticipate possible flaws or complications before the company commits money and people to a project.

Creativity. Petroleum engineers must come up with new ways to extract oil and gas because each new drill site presents challenges. They must know how to ask the necessary questions to find possible deposits of oil and gas.

Interpersonal skills. Petroleum engineers must work with others on projects that require highly expensive machinery, equipment, and infrastructure. Communicating and working well with others is crucial to protecting and preserving firms’ huge capital investments.

Math skills. Petroleum engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Identifying problems in drilling plans is critical for petroleum engineers because drilling operations can be costly. They must be careful not to overlook any potential issues and quickly address problems that do occur.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a petroleum engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers offers certification. To be certified, petroleum engineers must be members of the Society, pass an exam, and meet other qualifications.

Advancement

Entry-level engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training. As engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move to more difficult projects where they have greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, petroleum engineers may advance to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some become engineering managers or move into other managerial positions. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Petroleum engineers also may go into sales and use their engineering background to inform the discussion of a product's technical aspects with potential buyers and help in product planning, installation, and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Drilling Engineer Career Paths

Drilling Engineer
Drilling Supervisor Supervisor General Manager
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Drilling Supervisor Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Drilling Supervisor Supervisor Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant General Manager Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Reservoir Engineer Senior Staff Engineer Principal Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Reservoir Engineer Senior Staff Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Drilling Superintendent Superintendent Operations Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Drilling Superintendent Superintendent
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Drilling Superintendent Superintendent Logistics Manager
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Reservoir Engineer Senior Staff Engineer Lead Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Drilling Manager Operations Manager Director Of Sales
Commercial Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Engineering Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Completion Engineer Senior Production Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Senior Analyst Manager, Strategy
Country Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Drilling Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.9%

Unknown

9.7%

Female

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

53.3%

Hispanic or Latino

18.5%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

6.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.2%

Arabic

18.4%

French

10.5%

Portuguese

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

Dutch

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Norwegian

2.6%

German

2.6%

Yoruba

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Dakota

2.6%

Persian

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Polish

2.6%
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Drilling Engineer Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

17.9%

University of Texas at Austin

10.6%

University of Oklahoma

7.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

7.1%

Texas Tech University

6.6%

West Virginia University

6.6%

Colorado School of Mines

5.8%

University of Houston

5.6%

University of Tulsa

5.1%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Oklahoma State University

2.5%

Marietta College

2.5%

Mississippi State University

2.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

2.3%

Louisiana Tech University

2.0%

Prairie View A & M University

2.0%

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

2.0%

Rice University

1.8%

University of Wyoming

1.8%
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Majors

Petroleum Engineering

43.2%

Mechanical Engineering

15.0%

Business

7.1%

Engineering

5.4%

Geology

4.4%

Chemical Engineering

3.6%

Mining Engineering

2.7%

Finance

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Civil Engineering

2.1%

Management

1.3%

Geological Engineering

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.1%

Environmental Science

1.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.1%

Mathematics

1.1%

Industrial Technology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.9%

Masters

25.2%

Other

10.6%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.9%

Associate

1.7%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$51,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Exxon Mobil
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Drilling Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Drilling Engineer in the United States is $87,506 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $51,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $148,000.

Real Drilling Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Drilling Engineer Manager Murphy Exploration & Production Company Houston, TX Jun 01, 2014 $500,000
Senior Drilling Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Mar 26, 2013 $330,267
Senior Drilling Engineer Kosmos Energy, LLC Dallas, TX Jan 11, 2015 $225,000
Petroleum Drilling Engineer/Manager DCOR, LLC CA May 25, 2016 $220,002
Senior Drilling Engineer Kosmos Energy, LLC Dallas, TX Nov 15, 2015 $220,000
SR Drilling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Aug 22, 2014 $211,240
Senior Drilling Engineer Broken Hill Proprietary (USA) Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2016 $210,000
Senior Drilling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2016 $206,000 -
$208,500
SR Drilling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Jul 15, 2016 $205,000
Staff Drilling Engineer Conocophillips Company Houston, TX Aug 10, 2015 $203,362 -
$255,240
Drilling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2013 $200,000
Senior Drilling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Mar 17, 2016 $198,500 -
$208,500
Drilling Engineer Jonah Energy LLC Denver, CO May 12, 2014 $153,000
Drilling Engineer Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Houston, TX Mar 31, 2014 $151,832
Drilling Engineer Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. Denver, CO May 01, 2013 $150,000
Senior Drilling Engineer California Resources Corporation Tupman, CA Oct 23, 2015 $149,302
Senior Drilling Engineer Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation Houston, TX Oct 01, 2013 $148,800
Drilling Engineer (Operations Supervisor) Schlumberger Technology Corporation The Woodlands, TX Jul 23, 2015 $147,784
Drilling Engineer (Operations Supervisor) Schlumberger Technology Corporation The Woodlands, TX Sep 25, 2015 $147,784
Drilling Engineer Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Houston, TX Mar 16, 2013 $146,300
Drilling Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Oklahoma City, OK Oct 31, 2016 $116,142
Drilling Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Oklahoma City, OK Jul 29, 2016 $116,142
Principle Lead Marine and Drilling Engineer SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 13, 2013 $116,126 -
$125,000
Tier III Senior Drilling Engineer Blade Energy Partners, Ltd. Houston, TX Sep 21, 2013 $114,803
Principal Drilling Engineer Conocophillips Company Houston, TX Aug 13, 2015 $114,800 -
$172,200
Senior Drilling Engineer Conocophillips Company Anchorage, AK Sep 17, 2016 $114,733 -
$135,336
Field Drilling Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Dec 10, 2013 $110,500

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Top Skills for A Drilling Engineer

  1. Safety Meetings
  2. Procedures
  3. Engineering Department
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  • Conduct safety meetings & perform environmental audits.
  • Administer all directional operations and analyze performance of all drilling procedures and assist client representatives to resolve all issues.
  • Scanned documents and electronically filed them as received by the Engineering department.
  • Worked with Directional providers to implement BHA design improvements for better drilling efficiency.
  • Worked with DOE and other contractors on research efforts and special projects concerning drilling tool and drill bit tests.

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