Working in the Drilling Industry

Working in the industry

Drilling personnel are key within many aspects of drilling operations. Their skills are necessary in the various phases of the E&P process. In addition to the various technical stages, cost and budget control, process planning, and (Q)HSE are important parts of these operations.
The three main stages of the E&P process are Exploration, Development and Production. We are always looking for experienced people with the right qualifications related to these three disciplines.

Route into the industry

The required background and/or education depends on the specific position. Many jobs on rigs, such as Roughnecks, Roustabouts or (Assistant) Drillers, do not require any formal education. Individuals often start off their offshore oil & gas career in a general labour position and then work their way up the ranks to a leading role, such as Drilling Supervisor. For the higher engineering or supervisory roles, a relevant degree in science or engineering is often required, along with relevant work experience. For international assignments, it is a benefit to speak multiple languages, although English is the industry’s leading language. If you don’t have any work experience in the oil and gas industry, another way to access the industry is through education. There are many universities and other educational institutions that offer relevant courses.

Working offshore means you need to be in good physical condition. You should also take into account that you will spent a considerable amount of time away from home.

The Drilling industry offers exciting career opportunities for individuals who like to travel and see the world. The work may be physically demanding and the working environment extreme, but salaries are often excellent and there is much opportunity for career development.