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Deepwater Drilling Engineer – Job Description
1. POSITION IDENTIFICATION – Deepwater Drilling Engineer is
primarily responsible for
deepwater development well planning and engineering support during the
operational phase of
the Company’s deepwater projects.
Title Deepwater Drilling Engineer (DwDE) -,
Functional Area Deepwater Operations Group
Reports to Deepwater Operations Manager
Employment Status Full Time Staff - Lafayette
2. POSITION OBJECTIVE & JOB DUTIES – Support the Operations
Manager and the
Company’s DW Asset Teams in value creation; screen & mature internal
Drilling & Completion
(D&C) development projects, primarily surrounding the “Pompano Asset” and
reviews of non-operated development projects. The DwDE will assess the cost,
schedule, risks &
opportunities for each project in order to aid the Company in its investment
decisions. The DwDE
will assess the Company’s legacy deepwater wells for re-entry and/or workover
evaluate the type of Containment Plan required using requisite design
engineering software such
as StressCheck & WellCat. Additionally the DwDE will be primarily
responsible for generating
the final design basis for wells along with cost estimates, AFE, procedures and
During operations, the DwDE will be responsible for performance monitoring
planning to assure project objectives are met. After operations, the DwDE will
assist in post job
analysis, recording lessons learned and close out of issues related to vendors,
regulatory and HSE.
1. Primary Objective & Responsibility; Design & Assess Deepwater
Drilling, Completion & Workover Opportunities.
a. Review discovery well and offset wells and develop optimized
designs for development.
b. Prepare the design basis, well design and cost estimate for operated wells.
c. Prepare for and present well design and costs at various corporate gates
project approval. Gates include but are not limited to;
i. Peer Review(s) & Risk Assessment(s) required for SEMS.
ii. Technical Review with Asset Team
iii. Operations Committee
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iv. Investment Committee
v. Partner Reviews
2. Primary Objective & Responsibility; Prepare detailed Drilling Prognosis
work which will include but not be limited to the following;
a. Pore Pressure, Fracture Gradient & Overburden Gradient.
b. Static Temperature Profile
c. Casing Design using Company design standards and BSEE requirements.
d. Mud Program
e. Drill String & Landing String Program
f. Quality Assurance Program
g. Cementing & Centralization Program
h. Wellhead, Casing & Liner Running Program
i. Barrier & Pressure Test Program
j. Directional Plan & Survey Program
k. Bit & Reamer Program
l. Drilling System Program
m. Logging Program
3. Primary Objective & Responsibility; Work with the Deepwater
Superintendent to specify
and select the required tangible equipment and services needed to execute the
a. Insofar as equipment is concerned, a goal for implementation is to select
which has utility across multiple projects (Standardization).
b. Generation of long lead AFE’s inclusive of wellhead, large OD casing and
equipment shall be prepared by the DwDE.
4. Secondary Objective & Responsibility; Help prepare (in conjunction with
Completions Engineer) a detailed Completion & Workover Prognosis for
5. Primary Objective & Responsibility; Prepare requisite permit packages
revisions to Exploration Plans & Development Operations Coordination
BOEM and Drilling, Completion and Workover Permits required by BSEE.
6. Primary Objective & Responsibility; Execute the Plans developed under
the direction of
the Deepwater Drilling Superintendent whilst maintaining the corporate
objectives of; 1)
Safety, 2) Environmental Protection, 3) Compliance, 4) Production and 5) Cost.
a. Willingness and ability to respond, on short notice, to well problems that
throughout the Company's Deepwater Operations in order to provide timely
7. Secondary Objective & Responsibility; Non Operated Projects:
a. Assess non operated projects for operational and enterprise risk.
b. Review AFE’s and help advance the project through Stone’s Investment
c. Maintain routine contact with Partner for schedule, cost, technical and
d. Provide advice on budget updates as needed.
8. Primary Objective & Responsibility; Emergency Response:
a. Available for participation on Company’s Incident Management Team (IMT)
b. Participate in requisite training, announced & unannounced drills.
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3. QUALIFICATIONS/KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE – See Below;
Qualifications – (Essential):
1. BS degree in Petroleum, Mechanical, Civil Engineering from an accredited
located in the United States.
2. A minimum of three (3) years of deepwater well planning/operational
experience, primarily in drilling and some familiarity with completions.
3. In addition to the three years of deepwater experience, the candidate shall
minimum of 5 additional years of (8-yrs total) industry experience in Gulf of
(GoM) well operations.
Qualifications – (Desirable):
1. Professional Engineer Registration in Petroleum, Mechanical or Civil
2. Current Subsea Well Control Certification
Knowledge, Skills & Experience (Essential):
1. Experienced in pore pressure prediction using petro-physical methods.
2. Skilled in using shallow hazards in well planning and site assessments for
3. Skilled & experienced in evaluating tubular loading / movement for floating
4. Skilled in deepwater casing design & installation fundamentals.
a. Stress Check and/or TDAS
b. Subsea Wellheads
c. Landing String Design
5. Exhibits a working knowledge of drilling fluid types including riserless
muds, flat rheology synthetic based muds, drill-in fluids and deepwater packer
6. Experienced in Complex Well Path Design issues related to completion
requirements including T&D modeling optimization, hydraulics optimization
associated wellbore cleanout and displacement methodologies.
7. Experienced in Rotary Steerable & Concentric Reaming System
8. Exhibits a clear understanding of installation fundamentals of casing,
wellhead and liner
systems and associated design / operational limitations.
9. Experienced/Knowledgeable in drill down liner hangers and SET
10. Skilled in design and execution of primary and remedial cementing
production casing, liners and tiebacks.
11. Thorough understanding of United States federal regulations regarding well
such as; 30CFR250 Subparts B, C, D, E & F.
12. Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office Suite; Excel, Power Point, Word and
13. Experience with benchmarking systems such as Dodson and morning report
such as Peloton.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience (Desirable):
1. Ability to work with asset teams & completion/production engineers to
completion & workover design as well as to prepare the associated detailed
2. Familiar with Annular Pressure Buildup (APB) principles and mitigation.
3. Familiar with and interested in WellCat to assess APB and tubular moves
drilling, completion, well testing and production.
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4. Familiar with BSEE’s requirements for Worst Case Discharge (WCD) well
using the Industry developed Well Containment Screening Tool (WCST).
5. Familiar with risk assessments and assessing risks for planned operations.
6. Knowledgeable of API Documents relative to floating well completion and
planning such as RP-2SK, RP-5A5 & 5C5, TR-5C3, Spec. 5CT, RP-7G, RP-
10B3, Spec 14A, RP-14B, Spec. 16A,C,D,F , RP-16Q, RP-17D, TR-17TR4,
65 Part 2, RP-68, RP-75, RP-90, RP-96 and Bulletin 97.
7. Familiar with Drillworks Predict Software used for pore pressure prediction.
8. Familiar with or knowledge of nodal analysis software utilized to calculate
4. HEALTH, SAFETY & REGULATORY COMPLIANCE – Individual
must be willing to lead
by example, seek understanding of applicable regulations and ensure projects
are planned and
executed in accordance with or exceeding Company requirements and
Minimum expectations of all company employees are noted below;
1. Convey a culture of Safety above all other priorities and participate/support
based safety programs.
2. Plan your work and operate with a mission to protect the environment.
3. Compliance with regulations, workplace policies and procedures for risk
assessment and risk control
4. Active participation in activities associated with the management of
workplace health and
5. Identification and reporting of health and safety risks, accidents, incidents,
property damage at the workplace
6. Correct utilization of appropriate personal protective equipment.
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5. COMPETENCIES REQUIRED - The following competencies are
required for this position:
Communication Excellent command of the English language is necessary.
Excellent oral communications skills are necessary to concisely convey key information to
Excellent written skills are also required to convey well information and expectations to contractors
Technical writing skills are required to prepare concise plans & procedures for the Company’s
Ability to bridge communication gaps using technology for remote offices and locations will be
Team work The candidate will be expected to perform in team environment with the Deepwater
Operations Team at
the core. Support of one or more multidisciplinary project teams within the Company (extended teams)
will be necessary to advance projects. Special projects such as regulatory reform implementation,
Company SOP development and emergency management will also be implemented in a team
Problem solving The candidate must have practicable problem solving capabilities which fully assess
and their effect on objectives. In addition, the candidate must be detailed oriented and be able to assess
past problems in order to minimize recurrence and properly assess current problems without jumping to
Self Management The successful candidate must be a motivated self-starter. The candidate can expect
the core team to
discuss and allocate work to achieve the Company’s objectives. Aside from fulfilling the required work
schedule the candidate will set priorities needed to achieve objectives and will seek out information,
technology, resources and training required to meet expectations.
Candidate will be required to understand Gulf of Mexico deepwater well planning from cradle to grave
and have the ability to manage multiple projects and contractors to assure schedules are maintained.
Applied Technology Well Planning – PP/FG development for deepwater wells and subsequent casing
designs required to
successfully drill, complete and produce subsea wells. Planning will include but not be limited to
structural pipe installation, riserless drilling, directional trajectory, the selection of drilling systems,
landing string & components, tubular running systems, liner hangers, subsea wellheads, drilling fluids
and cement designs.
Contingency Planning – Engineer will be required to assess and recommend contingencies which
assure each well can be drilled and evaluated at total depth.
Containment Planning – Engineer will be required to fully understand the technologies available from
well containment groups such as HWCG, MWCC and others and to develop well containment plans
suitable for the Company’s wells using the most current well assessment criteria.
Learning Candidate is expected to seek complementary learning experiences based upon current or
future needs of
the organization. In addition the candidate will contribute to the development of organizational learning
as required to ensure sustainable Company success.
Candidate must have a strong desire to close out items, seek understanding of business impacts and
contribute to the organization’s objectives while maintaining a desired schedule. Cooperation and
communication across organizational boundaries will be required to successfully grow the business.
• Well Planning & Design
• Well Completion
• Drilling Operations
• Cased Hole Logging
• Well Testing
• Well Performance
• Artificial Lift
• Conceptual Design/Surface Facilities
• Water Handling
• Reservoir Engineering
• Open Hole Logging
• Production Operations
• Data Management
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drawing up drilling programmes, taking account of desired production flow rates;
obtaining relevant data, carrying out analysis on site and recommending immediate
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carrying out full engineering analyses of rig site data and preparing regular well reports;
monitoring the daily progress of well operations and current daily costs, comparing actual
costs with cost expenditure proposals and recommending changes or improvements to
rig work techniques, which could lead to optimisation of expenditure;
liaising with specialist contractors and suppliers, such as cement companies or suppliers
of drilling fluids;
monitoring safety and ensuring the good maintenance of the well;
adhering to environmental protection standards, in some cases through direct discussion
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establishing and administering drilling and service contracts;
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