Drilling Fluids Specialist

Location: Navi Mumbai - India

Job Title: Field Specialist – Drilling Solutions


Location: India

The Drilling Fluids Specialist must have knowledge to safely and efficiently support all wellsite operations relevant to managing the drilling fluids system. The candidate should have an in-depth knowledge of the drilling fluids chemistry and is capable of properly testing and maintaining the properties of the drilling fluids system without supervision, and as per customer’s requirements. The employee should also can make recommendations to address hole cleaning issues or lost circulation events and can manage the drilling fluids system during well control conditions. He/She reports to the Location or Field Service Manager and is directly responsible for managing all operations, and coaching/mentoring less experienced personnel on the job.


  • Complies with all company and regulatory Quality, HSE and IT standards and policies
  • Wears all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required and maintains required Quality & HSE certifications up-to-date.
  • Takes proactive measures to eliminate safety hazards by performing an appropriate Risk Analysis (i.e. HARC,JSA) before each job or task.
  • Knowledgeable regarding drilling rig types, rig components and rig component functions
  • Knowledgeable on drilling operations (i.e. drilling, tripping pipe, running casing, cementing, completions, etc.)
  • Knowledgeable on the drilling fluids circulation system, it's components, and each component's function
  • Knowledgeable on key M-I SWACO product properties, applications, and limitations
  • Knowledgeable on the properties of the mud (i.e. solids calculations, fluid chemistry, etc.)
  • Knowledgeable on the effects of the products/systems on the mud chemistry (i.e. impact on pH, calcium, alkalinity, etc.)
  • Able to generate and implement the drilling fluids program through close collaboration with the Project Engineer
  • Responsible for maintaining the drilling fluids system within specifications
  • Able to calculate volumes (i.e. mud pits, annular, pipe capacity & displacements) without supervision
  • Able to apply effective pit management principles (i.e. slugs, pills, storage, reserve, kill muds, etc.) during drilling operations
  • Knowledgeable on the solids control process and equipment and able to explain how various recommendations (i.e. screen size selection, shale shaker settings, etc.) will impact the drilling fluid properties and/or efficiency of solids removal
  • Responsible for making appropriate recommendations that will prevent or address different hole problems (i.e. sloughing shales, gumbo shales, abnormal pressures, faults, etc.) encountered during drilling operations
  • Responsible for making appropriate recommendations that will prevent or address lost circulation events (i.e. Mud Weight reduction in case of loses)
  • Responsible for making appropriate recommendations that will minimize the impact of wellbore conditions (i.e. temperature, pressure, formation, etc.) on the drilling fluids system
  • Responsible for making appropriate recommendations that will minimize the impact of contaminants (i.e. H2S, C02, Water intrusion, reactive formations, cement, etc.) on the drilling fluids system
  • Responsible for making appropriate recommendations related to the drilling fluids system that will improve hole cleaning efficiency (i.e. flow rates, Low Shear Rate Viscosities, RPM, ROP, etc.)
  • Able to perform hydraulics calculations (i.e. annular velocity, bit hydraulics, ECD, etc.) using Virtual HydraulicsTM software without supervision
  • Able to demonstrate an advanced or higher level of proficiency in the use of Virtual HydraulicsTM software
  • Knowledgeable regarding the impact of Particle Size Distribution (PSD), chemicals and contaminants on fluid loss
  • Able to recognize stuck pipe incidents and select appropriate pipe release agents
  • Able to identify and recognize lost circulation symptoms and select and apply appropriate remedial treatments
  • Additional intermediate or advanced knowledge and skill requirements will apply for complex drilling operations such as those encountered in deepwater
  • Responsible for validating all critical data required to complete daily reports
  • Proficient with the use of daily drilling fluid reporting software and able to perform all relevant calculations
  • Able to properly calibrate testing equipment as necessary without supervision
  • Responsible for ensuring that drilling fluids samples are collected and that all relevant drilling fluids tests are conducted properly
  • Responsible for interpreting the results (i.e. noticeable trends, contaminants, etc.) of all relevant drilling fluids tests
  • Able to explain the impact of hole conditions (i.e. contaminants, solids, pressure, etc.) on the drilling fluids testing results
  • Responsible for making appropriate chemical treatment recommendations based on the drilling fluids testing results that will optimize drilling performance
  • Responsible for ensuring that a complete recap is completed for each hole section through the end of the well
  • Able to generate the drilling fluids program through close collaboration with the Project Engineer
  • Responsible for managing the relevant Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) requirements for any product shipments
  • Responsible for monitoring, reporting, and maintaining an accurate inventory of products at the wellsite
  • Responsible for managing the inventory of wellsite test chemicals for fluid chemical checks and able to explain the importance of shelf-life and the ordering process for replacement test chemicals
  • Responsible for the accurate reconciliation of delivery/credit tickets against wellsite inventory

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering or Chemistry preferred.
  • Minimum five years related O&G experience with drilling fluids including one year handling sythetic oil base driling fluid .
  • Applicants must be fluent in English and Hindi or a regional language.

Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. We have more than 20 years of experience in delivering world-class service to our customers through integrated projects. These projects range from basic service coordination through to complete development and abandonment of fields. To meet the growing needs of our business we are encouraging applications from experienced professionals who share our passion for delivering excellence in all aspects of project delivery.


Schlumberger is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

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