A drilling engineer will plan and cost drilling activities, they will be involved from initial well design through to testing, drilling and decommissioning. Drilling Engineers can be employed onshore and offshore and will work with other professionals such as Geologists and Geoscientists to monitor the drilling progress and ensure the protection of the environment.
You'll need at least 2 years' experience and must be 18 or over.
You could get into the job through an apprenticeship.
To work offshore, you must pass an offshore survival and fire-fighting course, also known as emergency response training, or basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET).
Career Path and Progression
You could work for operating companies with their own exploration and production licences, or for drilling and maintenance contracting companies.
With experience, you could be promoted from driller to toolpusher or rig manager.
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- Fishing boat deckhand
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills,
- a good understanding of geology,
- good numeracy
- IT skills
- the ability to work under pressure
- practical skills
- the ability to follow and give instructions
£25,000 to £35,000