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Directional Driller

Job Overview

You are brought in for the tough drilling. Directional drilling is much more complicated than straight-hole drilling. You control the angle and the depth, working through various ground conditions or the tough spots. With your experience, your math skills and underground data provided by others, you guide and instruct until the drilling head is exactly where it’s meant to be. Think you’re up for the challenge? Then let’s drill down further…

Directional drillers control the direction of a wellbore with a variety of specialized bottom-hole assembly (BHA) tools and configurations designed to steer a drilling head. They monitor information transmitted from a number of downhole and surface sensors to measure the real-time performance of a drilling operation.

Directional drillers work with other well services members at the well site. In particular, they coordinate closely with the measurement while drilling (MWD) specialist to collect data that keeps a drilling project on track. Depending on the employer, there may be several levels identified within this occupation. Progression between levels is based on experience, performance and company need.

Transferability information for this occupation is available on the Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

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