Drilling Engineer

Develops, plans and costs drilling activities.  A Drilling Engineer can be involved throughout the lifecycle of a well, from the initial design through to its abandonment.

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  • Plans drilling programme
  • Designs the well
  • Co-ordinates the work of offshore drilling teams
  • Analyses drilling performance and factors affecting cost and efficiency
  • Prepares budget and monitors costs


Works closely with other technical departments to drill for oil and gas in new or existing fields. A Drilling Engineer can be employed onshore or offshore, either working for an operator, a service company, a specialist drilling contractor or a consultancy.


  • Relevant degree in science or engineering
  • Should be willing to travel offshore
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong team working skills

£25,000 - £30,000

£40,000 - £75,000

e.g. Senior Drilling Engineer, Team Leader, Offshore Drilling Representative,  Drilling Manager or Technical Specialist