Ready to strike oil? Or gas for that matter? A drilling engineer might get work in mining or petroleum engineering. You might work in environmental technology or oil extraction or in the growing industry of energy engineering. There are plenty of wind farms around.
In a power plant or on drilling operations, you might have a job involving you going out on site. Back in the office, you develop, plan and cost out the operations necessary for drilling oil. You are involved with supervising operating and creating schedules of work. In the office, you are often devising calculations and computer models or work in laboratories with regard to testing, completion and scheduling the winding-up of a site. Your work can involve research, development and design for new ways of drilling. Your role might be about improving existing processes too.
A drilling engineer develops, plans, costs, schedules and supervises the operations necessary in the process of drilling oil and gas wells. They are involved from initial well design to testing, completion and abandonment. Engineers are employed on land, on offshore platforms or on mobile drilling units either by the operating oil company, a specialist-drilling contractor or a service company. Day to day you could be out visiting sites and planning offshore drilling programmes, making sure the drilling programme meets environmental standards and working with other professionals such as geologists, geophysicists and specialist contractors.