Drilling Engineer

Drilling Engineer Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Drilling Engineer job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

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  • Drilling Engineering
  • Drilling
  • Offshore Drilling
  • Drilling Fluids
  • Onshore Operations
  • Directional Drilling
  • Petroleum
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Oilfield
  • Oil & Gas
  • Upstream
  • Completion
  • Gas
  • Energy Industry
  • Energy
  • Well Control
  • Oil & Gas Industry
  • Deepwater
  • Engineering
  • Natural Gas
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Resume Skills: Software

  • AutoCAD
  • SolidWorks
  • MATLAB
  • DrillScan
  • WellView
  • COMPASS Directional Well Planning
  • OpenWells

Resume Skills: Software Proficiency

  • IDEAS
  • SAPHIR
  • Falcon
  • FracPro
  • CasingSeat
  • Wellview

Resume Skills: Drilling Techniques

  • Rotary Drilling
  • Directional Drilling
  • Offshore Drilling
  • Well Logging
  • Mud Engineering

Resume Skills: Safety Procedures

  • Risk Assessment
  • HSE Guidelines
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid
  • Hazardous Material Handling

Resume Skills: Systems and Devices

  • Petroleum Systems
  • Drilling Systems
  • Drilling Bits and Tools
  • BHA components
  • Mud Pumps
  • Top Drives

Resume Skills: Digital Simulation Tools

  • PIPESIM
  • ECLIPSE
  • Petrel
  • OLGA

Resume Skills: Project Management

  • Primavera P6
  • MS Project

Resume Skills: Industry Specific

  • Drilling
  • Production Optimization
  • Reservoir Management
  • Geological Formation Evaluation
  • Well Control
  • Offshore Operations
  • Safety Leadership

Resume Skills: Safety & Regulation Compliance

  • OPITO BOSIET Certification
  • NEBOSH Certification
  • Well Control Certification (IWCF Level 4)

Resume Skills: Drilling Software Proficiency

  • Petrosys
  • CAD
  • Drillinginfo
  • DUG Insight
  • Petrel
  • RMS
  • Terrastation.

Resume Skills: Technical Knowledge

  • Well control
  • Drilling optimization
  • Drill stem testing
  • Bottom-hole assembly (BHA) design
  • Strategic planning.

Resume Skills: Certifications

  • HSE
  • IWCF
  • IADC
  • Stuck Pipe Prevention.

Resume Skills: Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Arabic .
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Sample Drilling Engineer Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

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Your Name
Drilling Engineer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •  linkedin.com/in/your-profile
EXPERIENCE
Resume Worded February 2018 - Present
Senior Drilling Engineer
Developed innovative Drilling Engineering techniques, increasing offshore drilling performance by 40%.
Guided team to implement measures that resulted in $4M annual savings in Onshore Operations.
Conducted analysis on drilling fluids, effectively ensuring quality results, leading to 16% enhanced operational productivity.
Orchestrated comprehensive training programs for new hires on Well Control and Deepwater procedures, resulting in quicker onboarding rates.
Supervised directional drilling activities, ensuring safety and efficiency, reducing accidents by 30%.
Exxon Mobil June 2014 - January 2018
Drilling Engineer
Managed complex Oil & Gas Projects, achieving delivery 20% ahead of schedule.
Devised an Upstream optimization plans, reducing downtime by 15%
Improved Completion methods, enhancing operational efficiency by 25%
BP Energy Company May 2012 - June 2014
Junior Drilling Engineer
Assisted in drilling project that led to discovery of a significant Natural Gas reservoir.
Achieved an Energy efficiency increase of 10% through improved engineering techniques.
Coached.com January 2010 - April 2012
Drilling Technician
Facilitated Drilling operations, contributing to successful discovery of three Oilfields.
EDUCATION
Resume Worded Institute December 2011
Master of Engineering - Petroleum Engineering
Emphasized on Advanced Drilling Techniques and Technology
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2010
Certified Drilling Engineer - American Association of Petroleum Drillers
Passed with Distinction, focusing on modern drilling and well completion processes
SKILLS
Software Proficiency: IDEAS, SAPHIR, Falcon, FracPro, CasingSeat, Wellview
Drilling Techniques: Rotary Drilling, Directional Drilling, Offshore Drilling, Well Logging, Mud Engineering
Safety Procedures: Risk Assessment, HSE Guidelines, Fire Safety, First Aid, Hazardous Material Handling
Systems and Devices: Petroleum Systems, Drilling Systems, Drilling Bits and Tools, BHA components, Mud Pumps, Top Drives
OTHER
Certifications: WellSharp - Driller Level (IADC)
Professional Memberships: Active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE)
Publications and Conferences: Presented paper on 'Modern Techniques in Offshore Drilling' at BP Energy Company Annual Conference, 2014
Volunteering: Volunteered for 'Clean the Gulf' initiative - 2013 to 2016
Your Name
Offshore Drilling Engineer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •  linkedin.com/in/your-profile
EXPERIENCE
Resume Worded September 2016 - Present
Lead Offshore Drilling Engineer
Oversaw Offshore drilling tasks, minimizing project failure rate by 37%.
Planned and executed the drilling of five deepwater oil & gas wells, increasing resource discovery by 45%.
Pioneered a new standard for drilling fluids, improving Well Control efficiency by 30%.
Formulated a new energy industry innovation for directional drilling, reducing operation time by 25%.
Spearheaded Oilfield management initiatives, contributing to an energy efficiency increase of 12%.
Schlumberger March 2010 - August 2016
Offshore Drilling Engineer
Collaborated on drilling operations leading to discovery of a major natural gas reservoir.
Implemented a new standard for Petroleum Engineering that led to a 10% increase in Onshore productivity.
Contributed to a project that increased energy generation output by 25%.
Coached.com June 2007 - February 2010
Offshore Drilling Technician
Assisted in drilling operations, resulting in successful extraction from three Oilfields.
EDUCATION
Resume Worded University June 2007
Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering
Specialization in Offshore Engineering
Resume Worded Institute June 2005
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Minor in Fluid Dynamics
Dean’s List 2004, 2005
SKILLS
Digital Simulation Tools: PIPESIM, ECLIPSE, Petrel, OLGA
Project Management: Primavera P6, MS Project
Software: AutoCAD, SolidWorks, MATLAB
Industry Specific Skills: Drilling, Production Optimization, Reservoir Management, Geological Formation Evaluation, Well Control, Offshore Operations, Safety Leadership
OTHER
Certifications: Certified Well Control Supervisor - International Well Control Forum, Project Management Professional (PMP)
Leadership & Volunteering: Society of Petroleum Engineers (Chapter President, 2015-2016), Local Community Clean-Up Initiative (Volunteer, 2010-Present)
Awards: Engineer of the Year - Schlumberger (2015), Excellence in Safety Leadership - Resume Worded (2019, 2021)
Your Name
Drilling Consultant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •  linkedin.com/in/your-profile
EXPERIENCE
ExxonMobil June 2021 - Present
Senior Drilling Engineer
Operationalised a new offshore drilling project, leading to an increase of 15% in total production volume.
Introduced and managed advanced directional drilling methodologies, reducing drilling time by 20%.
Set up rigorous well control practices, causing a drop in safety incidents by 30%.
Designed innovative drilling fluid systems to enhance drilling efficiency by 25%
Senior member in the team that successfully completed two deep-water drilling projects, yielding in 1.2 million barrels of crude oil.
Shell January 2018 - May 2021
Drilling Supervisor
Managed onshore operations, reducing non-productive time by 18%.
Spearheaded a team that oversaw the successful drilling of 5 onshore oil rigs.
Utilized extensive knowledge of the energy industry to introduce energy-efficient drilling measures, saving an average of $500,000 annually.
Resume Worded March 2015 - December 2017
Drilling Engineer
Maintained and serviced drilling rigs, which increased machinery lifespan by 10%.
Supervised the completion of 50+ wells to increase production rates by 12%.
Executed strategic petroleum engineering principles, reducing oil wastage by 20%.
EDUCATION
Resume Worded Institute January 2015
Master's in Petroleum Engineering
Specialization in Directional Drilling
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Geology
Dean's List 2011-2013 (Top 10%)
SKILLS
Drilling Software: LANDMARK software, Drillbench, COMPASS, OpenWells
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux (Basic)
Engineering & Drilling Skills: Well Control, Directional Drilling, Underbalanced Drilling, Reservoir Engineering
Technical Autocad, SolidWorks, MATLAB, Python (Basic, for modeling purposes):
OTHER
Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification - 2020, WellControl Certificate - IWCF Level 4 Supervisor (Rotary Drilling) - 2018
Professional Development: Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Leadership & Volunteering: Volunteer, Engineers Without Borders - Provided engineering support in developing countries
Projects: Designed and implemented drilling programs for highly deviated wells
Your Name
Offshore Drilling Consultant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •  linkedin.com/in/your-profile
EXPERIENCE
Coached.com July 2017 - Present
Senior Drilling Supervisor
Led a team of 30+ professionals in offshore drilling operations, resulting in a total production increase by 20%
Implemented strategic well control measures, reducing potential hazards by 40%
Supervised the rigorous maintenance of drilling equipment, leading to a decrease in operational downtime by 15%.
Played a vital role in the completion of 3 offshore wells, bringing an additional 900,000 barrels of crude oil to the company’s total production.
Efficiently handled end-to-end offshore operations, leading to a 35% decrease in project completion time.
British Petroleum January 2015 - June 2017
Drilling Supervisor
Managed and coordinated offshore drilling activities, reducing project cost by 20%
Conducted performance reviews of oilfield machinery, boosted equipment efficiency by 10%
Assisted in the implementation of natural gas extraction processes, resulting in the production of 2 million MMBtu of natural gas.
EDUCATION
Resume Worded University December 2014
Master of Science - Petroleum Engineering
Emphasis on Drilling Engineering, Well Completion, and Production Technology
Resume Worded Institute June 2012
Certificate - Offshore Drilling Safety
Completed in addition to full-time roles, demonstrates commitment to industry standards and safety protocols
SKILLS
Technical Competencies: Sensitivity Analysis, Offshore Drilling, Horizontal Drilling, Reservoir Management, Risk Assessment, Well Control
Software Tools: Landmark Software (Compass, Wellplan, StressCheck), OLGA Simulation Software, GIS Systems, MATLAB, MS Office Suite (Advanced)
Regulatory Compliance: OSHA standards, API drilling standards, EPA regulations relating to drilling operations, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems
OTHER
Certifications: IWCF Well Control Certification (Level 4), Approved Offshore Medical Certificate
Professional Associations: Member of IADC (International Well Control Forum), Society of Petroleum Engineers
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Your Name
Onshore Drilling Consultant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •  linkedin.com/in/your-profile
EXPERIENCE
Chevron Corporation January 2019 - Present
Senior Drilling Engineer
Optimized onshore drilling activities, increasing the overall productivity by 25%
Implemented upstream processes to enhance the extraction of oil and gas, increasing yield by 20%
Involved in the development and implementation of new drilling engineering systems, resulting in machinery downtime reduction of 15%
Oversaw the completion of 3 substantial onshore production projects, contributing to a production increase by 15%
Managed a team for regular upkeep and maintenance of production rigs, improving equipment lifespan by 20%.
Resume Worded January 2017 - December 2018
Drilling Supervisor
Led a team conducting onshore drilling operations, increasing overall efficiency by 15%
Supervised the drilling of 5 productive oil wells, adding to the company's oil output.
Oversaw optimization of petroleum engineering systems, resulting in a 25% reduction in waste.
Coached.com January 2015 - December 2016
Drilling Engineer
Managed regular maintenance and repair of rig machinery, reducing downtime by 10%
Assisted in the completion of an onshore well, contributing 50,000 barrels to the production line.
Implemented safety protocols, reducing incident rate on site by 25%.
EDUCATION
Resume Worded University December 2014
Master of Science - Petroleum Engineering
Thesis on 'Advancements in Onshore Drilling Techniques'
Resume Worded University May 2010
Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering
Specialization in Designing Drilling Machinery
Awards: College Topper in Mechanical Engineering (Class of 2010)
SKILLS
Drilling Software: WellView, DirecSYS, Compass, Landmark (OpenWorks, EDM), DataStream Dashboard
Onshore Drilling Techniques: Horizontal Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, Directional Drilling, Underbalanced Drilling, Managed Pressure Drilling, Rotary Drilling Technique
Safety Standards and Regulations: OSHA Safety Standards, HAZOP Studies, Risk Management Plans, Emergency Response Plans, HSE Audits and Compliance
Testing and Analysis: Core Analysis, Well Testing, Logging While Drilling (LWD), Mud Logging, Well Completions
OTHER
Certifications: Certified Professional in Advanced Drilling Technologies - Resume Worded Academic Center (2021), Safety Management Certification - Resume Worded Institute (2018)
Leadership & Volunteering: Drilling Engineers International Society (Chair, 2019-Present), Mentor - Future Engineers Program at Resume Worded University
Awards: Outstanding Drilling Engineer of the Year - Chevron Corporation (2020), Excellence in Drilling Supervision - Resume Worded (2018)
Professional Development: Attended 'Advanced Drilling Technology Symposium' (2020), 'Offshore Safety Conference' (2018)
Your Name
Petroleum Engineer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •  linkedin.com/in/your-profile
EXPERIENCE
Resume Worded February 2019 - Present
Petroleum Engineer
Planned and managed 10+ major projects resulting in an increase in energy production by over 12%.
Used advanced hydraulic fracturing techniques to increase well yield by 15%, contributing to the company's revenue growth.
Streamlined the implementation of advanced drilling techniques reducing the need for workovers by 20%.
Pioneered new technologies in gas-lift and other artificial lift strategies leading to increased oilfield efficiency.
Improved oil & gas industry operations by optimizing wellbore design and drilling fluid systems.
Coached.com October 2015 - January 2019
Drilling Engineer
Reduced well completion time by 10% through implementation of new drilling efficiency practices.
Analysed and enhanced oilfield recovery, optimizing energy production.
Implemented the completion process, decreasing the production costs by 8%.
Shell June 2013 - September 2015
Trainee Engineer
Assisted the team in completion tasks which led to increased well efficiency.
Implemented the knowledge of directional drilling to maximise field output.
Collaborated with the upstream team to optimize well productivity.
EDUCATION
Resume Worded University May 2013
Master of Engineering - Petroleum Engineering
Emphasis on Reservior Engineering and Drilling Fluids
Graduated with Honors (Top 5% of class)
Resume Worded Institute June 2011
Bachelor of Science - Petroleum Engineering
Recipient of the Academic Excellence Award for outstanding academic achievement
SKILLS
Engineering software: AutoCAD, MATLAB, PETRA, TOUGH2, EES (Engineering Equation Solver), PVElite, PetroMod
Drilling techniques: Extended reach drilling, Underbalanced drilling, Managed pressure drilling, Directional drilling, Offshore drilling
Reservoir simulation & management: Developing field plans, Implementing Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods, Well logging, Well testing
Regulatory compliance & safety: Knowledge of API RP 96, Hazard identification, Risk assessment
OTHER
Certifications: Certified Petroleum Professional (CPP), HAZOP Study Leader Certification
Awards & recognition: SPE Distinguished Member Award (2020), Employee of the Year at Coached.com (2018)
Volunteering: Served as the Chair for the local chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and organized several industry events

How do I add skills to a Drilling Engineer resume?

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Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Drilling Engineer posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Drilling, Directional Drilling and Petroleum Engineering are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

2
Add industry skills like Onshore Operations and Drilling Fluids.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Petroleum, Offshore Drilling and Drilling Engineering - into your resume if they're relevant.

3
Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Upstream, Well Control and Engineering - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

4
Highlight technical and engineering skills.

It's important to show hiring managers your technical experience, whether that's in your previous Drilling Engineer roles or other experiences. Try to emphasize your technical and engineering experience through your bullet points.

5
Highlight any software engineering or development experience.

Programming and software development are common skill sets for Drilling Engineer roles, so try to highlight related accomplishments in your summary, work experience or skills sections.

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Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Drilling Engineer, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Drilling Engineer Skills & Keywords

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Top Drilling Engineer Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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Some popular Drilling Engineer hard skills are Drilling Engineering, Drilling, Offshore Drilling, Drilling Fluids, Onshore Operations, Directional Drilling, Petroleum and Petroleum Engineering.

Depending on the job you apply to, skills like Upstream, Oil & Gas Industry, Engineering, Well Control and Oilfield can also be good to include on your resume.

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