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Drilling Fluids Specialist

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Pittsburgh
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 04/09/2014
  • Time left:
    d h m s
    (23/09/14)
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The Role:
Complies with all company and regulatory Quality, HSE and IT standards and policies
- Wears all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required and maintains required Quality & HSE certifications up-to-date
- Takes proactive measures to eliminate safety hazards by performing an appropriate Risk Analysis (i.e. HARC, JSA) before each job or task
General Drilling Concepts
- Knowledgeable regarding drilling rig types, rig components and rig component functions
- Knowledgeable on drilling operations (i.e. drilling, tripping pipe, running casing, cementing, completions, etc.)
- Knowledgeable on the drilling fluids circulation system, it's components, and each component's function

- Knowledgeable on key M-I SWACO product properties, applications, and limitations
- Knowledgeable on the properties of the mud (i.e. solids calculations, fluid chemistry, etc.)
- Knowledgeable on the effects of the products/systems on the mud chemistry (i.e. impact on pH, calcium, alkalinity, etc.)
- Able to generate and implement the drilling fluids program through close collaboration with the Project Engineer
- Responsible for maintaining the drilling fluids system within specifications
- Able to calculate volumes (i.e. mud pits, annular, pipe capacity & displacements) without supervision
- Able to apply effective pit management principles (i.e. slugs, pills, storage, reserve, kill muds, etc.) during drilling operations
- Knowledgeable on the solids control process and equipment and able to explain how various recommendations (i.e. screen size selection, shale shaker settings, etc.) will impact the drilling fluid properties and/or efficiency of solids removal
- Responsible for making appropriate recommendations that will prevent or address different hole problems (i.e. sloughing shales, gumbo shales, abnormal pressures, faults, etc.) encountered during drilling operations
- Responsible for making appropriate recommendations that will prevent or address lost circulation events (i.e. Mud Weight reduction in case of loses)
- Responsible for making appropriate recommendations that will minimize the impact of wellbore conditions (i.e. temperature, pressure, formation, etc.) on the drilling fluids system
- Responsible for making appropriate recommendations that will minimize the impact of contaminants (i.e. H2S, C02, Water intrusion, reactive formations, cement, etc.) on the drilling fluids system
- Responsible for making appropriate recommendations related to the drilling fluids system that will improve hole cleaning efficiency (i.e. flow rates, Low Shear Rate Viscosities, RPM, ROP, etc.)
- Able to perform hydraulics calculations (i.e. annular velocity, bit hydraulics, ECD, etc.) using Virtual HydraulicsTM software without supervision
- Able to demonstrate an advanced or higher level of proficiency in the use of Virtual HydraulicsTM software
- Knowledgeable regarding the impact of Particle Size Distribution (PSD), chemicals and contaminants on fluid loss
- Able to recognize stuck pipe incidents and select appropriate pipe release agents
- Able to identify and recognize lost circulation symptoms and select and apply appropriate remedial treatments
- Able to convert to a Lignosulfunate, Lime, Saturated Salt or Gypsum mud system without supervision
- Additional intermediate or advanced knowledge and skill requirements will apply for complex drilling operations such as those encountered in deepwater
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