How to Become a Drilling Consultant

Drilling consultants are highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals who provide onsite supervision of day-to-day drilling operations on a contract basis on behalf of a operating company. These individuals ensure the safety of all personnel on location while successfully executing the operator’s drilling plan and reaching target depth as quickly and cost effectively as possible. There are several paths to becoming a drilling consultant.

Many drilling consultants have 20 to 30 years of oilfield experience. However, it is not uncommon for individuals with 10 to 15 years’ experience to break into these roles. Most drilling consultants start at the most basic position working on a drilling rig, followed by advancement through the ranks.

Typical path to become a Drilling Consultant:

Non-Technical Degree

Rig Experience - Floor Hand / Motorhand / Derrickhand (min. 2-3 yrs)

Drilling Experience - Driller / Directional Driller (min. 2-3 yrs)

Management Experience - Toolpusher / Rig Manager (min. 2-3 yrs)

Drilling Consultant

Technical Degree

Drilling Experience - Drilling Engineer / Directional Driller (3-4 yrs)

Management Experience- Rig Manager / Drilling Manager (3-4 yrs)

Drilling Consultant

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Excellent safety record
  • Understanding of computer systems, including WellView & other reporting systems
  • Testing/maintaining motors and rigging up & down
  • Knowledge of underbalanced and overbalanced drilling
  • Knowledge and understanding of various mud systems (water-based, oil-based & air drilling)
  • Understanding well bores, supervising drilling rigs & crews, testing BOPs, training new personnel, performing cement calculations, setting casing, and purchasing supplies
  • Experience with a variety of well bores (horizontal, vertical, etc.)