Directional Driller

Location: Midland, TX

Department: Operations

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Job Function / Purpose

Operate Gyrodata, Inc. directional mud motor tools for directional drilling operations and oversee 12 hour shifts without supervision and work with or as Lead Directional Driller to develop proficiency for more complex applications and well conditions

Essential Duties

  • Operates competently directional drilling tools and continuously develops skills and knowledge to apply at more complex drilling conditions
  • Travel to client jobsites and remain on site
  • Represent Gyrodata, Inc. in a positive and professional manner and communicate clearly with client representatives
  • Submit to and comply with all applicable Gyrodata, Inc. and client pre-employment screening and qualifications, including audiograms, physicals and drug testing
  • Comply with Gyrodata, Inc. Driving Policy
  • Executes competently all aspects of directional drilling preparations, including optimizing the bottom hole assembly (BHA) configurations, conducting visual inspections of tools and equipment, measuring inner /outer tool diameters, ensure proper strapping tools and troubleshooting, as required for operation
  • Directs with client rig crew regarding directional drilling, including proper BHA and make up
  • Competence in conventional directional drilling, such as ensuring proper steering based on the noted job preparations and projections. Projections based on calculations, well planning software and related mathematical theory, etc.
  • Executes competently all aspects of specific directional drilling preparations, including bit selection
  • Competence to troubleshoot and resolve problems, including switching out bits, replacing MWD tools, accessing component wear and tear, motor weakness and any other failures
  • Competently executes tasks necessary for job completion, including laying down BHA and visually inspecting motor and equipment, assessing component wear and tear, and reviewing any failures
  • Properly ship tools and equipment back to Gyrodata, Inc.
  • Test tools and install at client jobsite, or on more complex wells as directed by Lead Directional Drillers
  • Remove and disassemble equipment and tools, or on more complex wells as directed by Lead Directional
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and properly communicate standard anti-collision reports, and calculate horizontal displacement between survey points using appropriate industry software
  • Maintain documentation for client jobs, including: preparing job tickets; daily drilling reports; end-of-well reports; motor reports; shipping tickets; survey listings; all applicable Gyrodata, Inc. administrative paperwork and electronic documentation
  • Attend pre-job meetings as necessary
  • Assist in training and mentoring other Directional Drillers as needed

HSE Function

  • Comply with applicable safety standards and maintain a safe working environment

QA Function

  • Comply with applicable quality assurance standards

Required Qualifications

  • 2 years’ experience as a directional driller utilizing Mud Motors
  • Competence in all Directional Driller job duties or industry equivalent
  • Projections based on calculations, well planning software and related mathematical theory, etc.
  • Strong written and oral English communication skills
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 5 years or more experience in down hole oil field services
  • Work experience on drilling rig floor with experience of knowing how to work safely in this environment]
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Clean motor vehicle record
  • Strong math skills
  • Ability to work non-office hours and weekends
  • Ability to be on call 24 hours per day 7 days a week
  • Ability to remain on job site for extended periods
  • Ability to record data and demonstrate good record-keeping skills
  • Ability to use basic hand tools
  • Ability to travel domestically & internationally
  • Ability to use a computer for accessing and sending e-mail, opening and revising documents, accessing internet and web-based Gyrodata, Inc. systems, including SharePoint, Agresso and ability to use Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications

  • Competence in the specifics of RSS directional drilling, such as insuring proper steering based on pre run & downhole programming, projection, and RSS logic.
  • Additional experience as an MWD operator and/or GWD specialist, or downhole drilling tools

Working Conditions

The job is performed at the client’s outdoor job site and involves exposure to the elements, including extreme heat and cold and significant travel. The job requires exposure to safety hazards, such as exposure to heavy machinery, mechanical and electrical equipment, [and possible exposure to toxic chemicals]. The job requires routine physical exertion, including sitting, standing, walking, lifting up to 60 pounds, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, squatting and a wide range of physical motion. The job requires operation of tools, machinery, equipment, computers and telephones. The job requires following written and oral instructions, attention to detail, ability to multitask, ability to work with others, ability to meet deadlines, compliance with safety protocols and regular attendance. The job requires attention to emergency and time sensitive tasks, which may include working irregular and prolonged hours. The job requires following established policies and procedures and meeting quality and safety standards. The job requires making decisions based on experience and knowledge without supervision, as well as supervising, directing and training others. The job requires responsibility for results.

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