Senior Drilling Engineer - United Arab Emirates 

United Arab Emirates - Oil, Gas & Mining - Oil & Gas - Drilling, Completions & Geosciences - Professional Courses

Are you a driven, dedicated and ambitious Senior Drilling Engineer and interested in joining the team of our client, a major oil & gas company, in the UAE? Our client is offering outstanding compensation packages, a collaborative work environment and a balanced work-life company culture.

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Chetan Vallala, Account manager

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About this role

Major Functions

  • Plans, directs and coordinates drilling activities including reviewing, studying and approving drilling operational/engineering processes and reports;
  • Supervises the planning and execution of the company’s drilling operations and well completion;
  • Manages and coordinates the preparation of the drilling budget, controls expenditure and justifies variances.


Drilling Operations

  • Plans and works closely with the Drilling team to manage drilling, well completion and workover operations and ensures that all operations have been thoroughly researched, engineered, programmed and implemented in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with the prescribed requirements of the subsurface team;
  • Directs the preparation of drilling, drilling fluid and cement programmes for drilling workover and exploration operations and the availability of the required materials;
  • Engages with team members and concerned external parties to verify and approve the requirement for equipment, material, and manpower. Participates in the debrief meetings to transfer experience gained during work operations and after well completion;
  • Assigns and directs tasks to Well Engineer for further investigation and ensures receiving feedback. Reviews well engineers completed works and presents to supervisor for final approval;
  • Participates in the pre-planning meeting with reservoir department and major contractors to introduce modifications made by drilling department and seek their views/proposals to minimize cost;
  • Carries out frequent visits to the assigned rigs for group safety meetings, self-inspection and self-auditing to ensure plant and equipment are properly maintained.

Technical Reports

  • Reviews operational and engineering reports prepared by subordinates such as drilling, well completion, workover, flow test, drill stem test and similar technical summary reports. Ensures accurate reporting of all drilling activities.

Budget Control

  • Controls expenditure and ensures that the variances between approved budget and actual expenditure are properly justified.

Third Party Services

  • Provides overall supervision over the contracted services to ensure that all work is properly supervised and administered, includes ensuring that contacts with operating contractors and service companies are maintained at all levels and ensuring that contractors and service companies fully understand requirements and can meet them.

HSE Awareness

  • Ensures safety and environmental performance of all drilling related operations by implementing and maintaining HSE programs;
  • Conducts risk assessments and prepares special procedures for non-routine operations and activities.

Reporting and Relationships Management

  • Frequent contacts with contracting and petroleum service companies for negotiations and supervision of work;
  • Maintains and exhibits excellent working relationships with all staff.

Continuous Improvement of Position

  • Keeps abreast of new development in drilling techniques and ensures that subordinates are provided with such information to improve work effectiveness and efficiency.

About you

Minimum Educational, Technical Qualifications/Certifications Required

  • Bachelor degree in Petroleum or Mechanical Engineering with minimum of 15 years actual drilling experience required.

What we offer

  • Duration : 6 months with possible extension;
  • Work Schedule : 5 Days work / 2 Days off;
  • Start Date : ASAP;
  • Work Location : Sharjah, UAE.

About us

Our Client has been operating as a regional upstream oil and gas company in the United Arab Emirates for almost forty years. It began its activities in the early 1970’s and was the first regional, independent, privately-owned Middle Eastern petroleum company to engage in the acquisition, exploration and development of petroleum concessions; and the production and sale of crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas. It is headquartered in UAE, with international offices strategically located in the UK, Iraq and Iran and affiliate offices in Canada and Egypt. Build your career as a Senior Drilling Engineer as you participate in some of the most challenging projects.


  • Vacancy number: PUB166494
  • Location: United Arab Emirates
  • Market: Oil, Gas & Mining
  • hours per week: 40
  • Branche: Oil & Gas
  • Education level: Professional Courses
  • Area of Expertise: Drilling, Completions & Geosciences
  • Closing date: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Apply now

Feel free to contact


Chetan Vallala

Account manager Brunel Energy UAE Dubai

+971 4 3153 037

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