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Directional Driller

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: North Dakota
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 08/06/2017
  • Duration: 12 months
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The Role:

Directional Driller will calculate and provide directional drilling instructions to rigs drilling for North Dakota. Individual is responsible for following well plans according to policies and standard work guidelines. DD is required to calculate anti-collision while drilling and ensure anti-collision standards are met.

This position will be based onshore either in North Dakota at the rig site or in the office in Houston, TX on a 14/14 day rotation and will report to the Drilling Superintendent located in Houston, TX. Individual will be expected to cross train and will be required to spend time working in both locations as schedule requires.


*Provide directional drilling instructions to the WSS/Driller/MWD/DD real-time during drilling operations in order to achieve the desired well path and KPI's set by company. This includes:
*Calculating slide distance, tool face and motor yields
*Anti-collision monitoring
*Maintaining time breakdowns of communications and drilling activity
*Ensure that well plans are followed according to company policies and procedures. Communicate progress to the Drilling Engineer, Field and Houston Drilling Superintendents, Drilling Supervisors
*Strap BHA components on location and provide complete BHA's to Drilling Supervisor and Real Time Center
*When on rotation in North Dakota, will be on 24 hr call. Ability to manage time (work/sleep) will be required
*When on rotation in Houston, TX will be working a 12 hr/day shift schedule
*Optimize drilling performance and directional parameters in consultation between the Real Time Center / Rig Drilling Supervisor / Driller / MWD
*Attend meetings - ability to address and discuss current operations / troubleshoot problems
*Maintain required documentation and records
*Ability to effectively communicate with drillers on rig floor giving slide instructions while drilling.
*Ability to coach / train drillers to slide and bring them to a skill level of sliding un-assisted with instructions given by the real time center


*High school diploma or equivalent minimum
*3+ years of directional drilling experience
*Land rig experience desirable
*Experience steering extended reach horizontal wells utilizing bent mud motors
*A strong leader and team player; ability to work in cross functional organization (each DD involved in steering multiple rigs simultaneously)
*Good analytical and problem solving skills
*MS Office Suite experienced, excellent oral/written communication skills
*Strong computer skills required. (Operating multiple computers / programs and applications simultaneously)
*Proficient calculating anti-collision while drilling (separation factors, distances to nearby wellbores)
*Experience with directional drilling software such as Compass or Well Architect (Compass is preferred and currently utilized by company)


*Good health with the ability to work 14/14 onshore rotational schedule in North Dakota and/or Houston, TX
*Must have right to work in the US without need for visa sponsorship

The Company:
O&G Operator

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