How to Become a Drilling Operations Manager

Step 1: Understand the job description and responsibilities of a Drilling Operations Manager

What does a Drilling Operations Manager do?

A Drilling Operations Manager manages daily drilling, production, and engineering operations for an organization. Manages the planning and execution of drilling projects, the development of oil and gas fields, and the analysis of reserves. Being a Drilling Operations Manager manages the proper use and maintenance of equipment. Plans and develops revisions or enhancements to solve and troubleshoot drilling problems. Additionally, Drilling Operations Manager requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to a head of a unit/department. The Drilling Operations Manager typically manages through subordinate managers and professionals in larger groups of moderate complexity. Provides input to strategic decisions that affect the functional area of responsibility. May give input into developing the budget. Capable of resolving escalated issues arising from operations and requiring coordination with other departments. To be a Drilling Operations Manager typically requires 3+ years of managerial experience.

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location and advocate for safe operations at highest standards.

01/24/2020: Mobile, AL

Purpose Plans, directs and coordinates the Drilling activities including reviewing, studying and approving drilling operational/engineering processes and reports.

01/01/2020: San Bernardino, CA

A reputed drilling contractor is seeking for an Operation Supervisor with experience in managing offshore jack ups in Middle East (Saudi Arabia).

01/05/2020: Huntsville, AL

An ADNOC Joint venture based in Abu Dhabi are seeking a Drilling Operations Manager to join the team.

01/25/2020: San Jose, CA

The successful Drilling Operations Manager will have 20 years experience in drilling operations and engineering, including 5 years of which should be in offshore drilling and 5 years in senior supervisory capacity.

12/08/2019: Tacoma, WA
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Step 2: Learn best tips to become a Drilling Operations Manager

Best tips for those who want to become a Drilling Operations Manager

Here are some tips to become a Drilling Operations Manager.

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If the location is offshore, the cost will run into millions.

02/06/2020: Jamestown, NY

Offshore rigs and land rigs have a lot of similarities.

12/06/2019: Paramus, NJ

Mix Tanks Superintendents office 150’ Cement unit.

12/10/2019: Fort Smith, AR

Working over a platform Working independently.

01/25/2020: Washington, DC

With the rig tied down it is now ready to be move, such a move can be anywhere in the world and will cut days off a towing move.

01/13/2020: Santa Barbara, CA
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Step 3: View best colleges and universities for Drilling Operations Manager

Best colleges and universities for Drilling Operations Manager

  • Oral Roberts University
  • Warner Pacific University
  • Colgate University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Wesleyan University
  • University of California--Los Angeles

Step 4: Think about whether is it worth to be a Drilling Operations Manager

Is being a Drilling Operations Manager Worth it?

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Experience with workforce management and training / quality in a large-scale operations environment.

01/18/2020: Lawrence, MA

Minimum of 3 years of experience in EHS position for drilling operations or equivalent activities.

02/14/2020: Tuscaloosa, AL

You will perform operations oversight and field quality inspections of work completed by field operations personnel.

01/19/2020: Pittsburgh, PA

Employee is required to physically visit areas where actual operations are occurring, such as drilling and completions locations or production sites.

03/02/2020: Casper, WY

These obstacles are no match for our more than 80 years of experience in drilling management.

02/28/2020: Charleston, WV
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Step 5: Prepare relevant skills for being a Drilling Operations Manager

What skills do you need to be a Drilling Operations Manager?

Management is no easy task, and as such, the skill requirements for these types of roles vary greatly.  Chief skills for this role are: Equipment Maintenance, Plant Maintenance, Productivity Management, Troubleshooting, Technical Project Management, Drilling Operations.  Expertise in these areas will help you land this, or a similar role.

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Extensive experience with drilling equipment, down hole tools.

01/14/2020: Dallas, TX

Be familiar with all project documentation, particularly that related to the geothermal field development, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, drilling services agreement, PPA and IA, and all relevant permits and licences.

02/05/2020: Anderson, IN

Provide rig site engineering support and assistance to the Drilling Supervisors as required.

12/01/2019: Augusta, GA

Provide required logistical support for a continuous un-interrupted drilling program including coordination for the timely supply of materials, equipment, services and personnel to the project storage area and/or rig site.

12/25/2019: Waterloo, IA

Take responsibility for overseeing the drilling budget and provide input into the Project budget as required.

12/28/2019: Springfield, IL
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Step 6: View average salary for Drilling Operations Manager

How much does a Drilling Operations Manager make?

The average salary range for a Drilling Operations Manager is from $113,150 to $143,806. The salary will change depending on your location, job level, experience, education, and skills.

Salary range for a Drilling Operations Manager
$113,150 to $143,806

Step 7: Find relevant Drilling Operations Manager jobs, and apply.

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