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Drilling Engineer

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  • Sector:

    Oil & Gas

  • Contact:

    Elaf Khoshnaw

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  • Published:

    10 days ago

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mselect is looking to hire a Drilling Engineer for an international oil and gas operator in Basrah, Iraq. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. Fluency in English and Arabic is a must.

Role Synopsis
  • The Drilling Engineer (DE) reports to the Lead Drilling Engineer. The role will be responsible for supplying engineering and operational support to the ongoing drilling campaign, project managing or conducting research, implementation of discreet wells initiatives and championing on-going optimization work in the drilling campaign
  • The role shall entail working on a combination of both distinct project related work and as ops engineer responsible for well planning and operational execution

Project Engineer Role
The DE shall conduct viability studies, front end engineering design and or budgeting estimates moving discreet projects through the delivery process up to the execution phase if applicable.

Ops Engineer Role
  • Ensure programs are written and executed in adherence to the subsurface SOR, Company’s standards and recognized oilfield best practices. The DE shall prepare, present and / or participate in drill the well on paper exercises and pre-spud meeting. Monitor daily operational performance and assist the Drilling Superintendent as required. Review and or endorse reports from the service companies such as end of well reports, programs or failure reports. Lessons learned capture and cascade to other rigs in the field to help optimize activities shall also be a key and central role
  • In both roles, the individual will work closely with other drilling engineers within the team and mentor junior members of the team. A strong working relationship with the New Well Delivery subsurface is essential

Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Capture, analysis, implementation and distribution of lessons from any work undertaken
  • Develop work processes to aid agile working practices
  • Lead contract identification requirements through to contract execution. This will include but not be limited to scope preparation through to technical evaluation
  • Conduct or participate in root cause analysis on incidents or accidents
  • Optimization identification, justification and implementation
  • Attend and present at pre-spud meetings, stage gate reviews
  • Train, mentor and develop more junior National drilling engineers
  • Interact with subsurface team on SOR development and subsurface requirements
  • Ensure the Well Delivery Process is adhered to in full
  • Initiate and or participate in audits to validate our service companies SMS & technical /operational procedures as required
  • Ensure sufficient equipment ordered and or in stock for ongoing rig operations
  • Review and / or endorse service company documents when COMPANY input required
  • Ensure service company programs comply with company’s standards
  • Facilitate delivery of vertical, deviated and high angle drilling programs for allocated rigs
  • Ensure well handovers, well acceptance documents, end of well reports, studies, technical reports and routine communications are delivered in a timely manner and in adherence to quality expectations
  • Ensure filing is conducted of all daily / end of well reports
  • Assurance of the technical integrity of the operations and compliance with in-country law and international standards and guidelines
  • Arrange and facilitate contractor performance improvement meetings as and when required
  • Help the company’s greater wells community with contract preparation, evaluation, performance / KPI monitoring / tracking and compliance
  • Initiate and or contribute to technical improvement projects
  • Initiate and or contribute to engineering research projects

Criteria and Qualifications
  • Have worked within the drilling industry at least 10 years overall and in the role of Drilling Engineer of 5 years
  • Educated to at least degree level (B.Sc.) in an engineering discipline, preferably petroleum or mechanical
  • Team player, fluent in English language with strong communication skills is essential
  • Experience working for an international major operator is preferred
  • Experience developing drilling procedures and programs for directional wells required
  • Experience in pad drilling campaigns preferred
  • Experience with drilling software programs such as Landmark, Compass required
  • Detailed knowledge of drilling & completion design, engineering and planning is essential


*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.