Equipment Operator

Location: San Antonio, US
Start Date: April 10, 2009

Can you briefly describe your career to date?
I began my career with Schlumberger in April, 2009 and have worked in various locations including Bryan, Texas, Shreveport, LA, and Rockdale, TX. I began work as an EOT and have worked my way up to my current position as an EO3.

What attracted you to Schlumberger and why did you decide to join us?
I began working for Schlumberger as a contractor, initially, and I was offered a permanent position with the company soon after.

Can you describe a typical day for you?
A typical day begins at about 4am/pm, riding or driving to the location. Once onsite, we begin with a safety meeting, equipment checks, and going over what needs to be done concerning pump maintenance and job performance for the day.

We are onsite for an average of 12 hours a day. Some of the jobs I carry out are POD operator, as well as running pumps and helping on the line to make sure the job starts on time and runs smoothly. I’ve always been fortunate enough to work with some great crews where everyone simply steps up to do whatever needs to be done

What types of challenges do you face in your job?
In an industry that is reliant on equipment, there are days that go smoothly without any problems on the job site and there are other days when equipment failures and logistical problems make it more challenging! Other days, we are just short-handed so that makes the job harder on everyone. The main challenge I face is working away from home 6 days a week, but my wife and I make it work.

What do you enjoy most about working for Schlumberger?
There are many things I like about my job. I enjoy working outdoors, meeting people from all over the world, and the opportunities it has afforded me and my family.

What is the working environment like?
The working environment is great. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some wonderful people who work hard to get the job done. It’s what you make of it. If you have a good attitude regardless of what’s going on, it’s going to be a positive work place. Schlumberger works to take care of its people.

Think back to when you first started... what surprised you the most?
The thing that surprised me the most was how safety-oriented Schlumberger was and still is.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career at Schlumberger?
The best advice I can give is to make sure you’re willing to make the necessary sacrifices for the job. You’re going to be away from your family, you’re going to work long hours, but in the end, it’s worth it. If you have the right support system and the right frame of mind, it works.

What is your experience of training at Schlumberger?
Schlumberger training is second to none. From NEST classes to Kellyville Driving School, to on-the-job training, Schlumberger makes sure its operators are ready to handle any situation that comes their way—not only at work, but at home as well with CPR, first-aid, and various other training classes that we are required to take.

Why is a career as an EO a good choice versus other roles you could have taken?
It’s a good fit for me because I’ve been working outside, doing manual labor since I was a kid. It’s what was offered to me and I took it. Maybe later on, it will lead to other opportunities, but for now, it’s where I belong.