Completions Engineer

Completions Engineers develop plans for production from new wells and to improve the production from existing wells.  All available data has to be taken into account, such as information about the well pressure, temperature and the reservoir formation.  A completion engineer designs and monitors the installation of well completions and helps devise methods to improve oil and gas well production.  Ensuring the overall Safety of drilling completion operations is a primary responsibility.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Designs and supervises the initial well completion in line with company, safety and industry standards
  • Collaborates with the rest of the well delivery team departments, local authorities and industry regulators
  • Makes sure that the well delivery process has been designed safely and is within the expected time and budget
  • Oversees well intervention, appraisal and testing activities
  • Examines and makes recommendations to solve well design problems, and to maximise daily output in a safe manner
  • Models expected completion performance, and monitors / evaluates the actual result
  • Examines well test results and advises on well stimulation techniques
  • Organises equipment, deliveries, staff, and the actual work of the completion itself
  • Compiles charts, reports and management presentations
  • Provides a range of drilling completions support and technical advice and guidance within the business
  • Uses a range of specialist technical software, analytical tools, and Microsoft Office suite
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Works closely with drilling engineering and other technical departments including Geology, Geophysics, Petrophysics, and Reservoir Engineering to drill for oil and gas in new or existing fields. Also works closely with the Commercial department. A Completions Engineer can be employed onshore or offshore, either working for an operator, a service company, a specialist drilling contractor or a consultancy.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Relevant degree in science or engineering
  • Should be willing to travel offshore
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)

Employers might also look for:

  • Good communication skills
  • Strong team working skills
  • Good knowledge of offshore operations/ facilities
  • Good knowledge of offshore HSE/ regulations