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Old 02-03-2014, 08:12 PM   #1
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I just got an offer from Schlumberger for an equipment operator position and have some questions. I know the hours are long and the schedule is crazy but I'm taking step to move up to something higher up in the future. Just want to know what all the job entails.
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What sort equipment are you going to operate? You're in Little Rock, so I assume it's a land position?

I am very Oil/gas

much offshore

so subsea

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I knew some engineers who worked for schlumberger in texas.

I think they worked something like 12 hour days or so for 14 days straight, then got a week off some something crazy like that. The job on their end was very boring, lots of waiting while the drill did its work. On the plus side, they needed to bring the money home in wheelbarrows there was so much of it. They other thing about the long hours was that they were so busy, they never had a chance to spend any of their money, YMMV.

My wife is a chemical engineer, and she says that Schlumberger is the best in the world at drilling. I felt that was high praise coming from her. (I think she interviewed with them and Haliburton, but didn't end up taking either position.)
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Looks like cementing?

Basically after a well is drilled and the casing string is in place, they pump a ****-ton of cement down the casing. It hits a diverter at the bottom, and forces it's way into place between the hole and the casing. This locks the casing in place. (this is also one of the factors that led to the MC272 blowout...macondo...deepwater horizon..)

So, basically when they call, you guys roll up, set up the pump trucks and run hardlines over to the wellhead, and pump ******' cement until engineering thinks you've pumped enough. Then you rig down, pack your ****, and go off and cement some other well. You will likely work a 12 hour shift (job runs 24 hours a day) and there's probably no set on/off schedule. So that's it. Maintain the equipment, show up, run all the necessary lines and gauges and stuff, and pump. then tear it all down. Repeat.

It's dirty, and land rigs are ****, but it can pay the bills.

PS Schlumberger doesn't actually 'drill' they are a service company. Well, they do drill when it comes time to take the well to a horizontal tangent (they do directional drilling) but they don't have rigs or anything. They're a 3rd party company that provides services like cementing, directional drilling, welltesting, all sorts of stuff. HUGE company. Much profit

Any questions, about any of it, just ask. I set up all the telemetry on the land rigs... Basically installed a megasquirt-like monitoring package that told them what every piece of equipment involved with a drilling rig was doing.

This- Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd. - Instrumentation Rentals
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I knew some engineers who worked for schlumberger in texas.

I think they worked something like 12 hour days or so for 14 days straight, then got a week off some something crazy like that...
Wow, that's tragic!

In Norway we've got 2 weeks ON and 4 weeks OFF, with an average salary a little above $100,000,- a year, for offshore workers.

I guess the statistics that say Norway truly is the best country in the world, is actually true.
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