Career Profile: Hilde
“The first time I heard about Schlumberger was at university during a presentation about the company. I was looking for a job that was related to geology and I found out about Mud Logging. I chose to join Schlumberger because it looked like a nice job where I would be able to fully use what I had learnt at university.”
What’s a typical day for a Mud Logging Analyst?
“A typical day usually involves collecting samples, bagging them or putting them into buckets depending on what the customer wants, then taking a sample to the unit. You then analyse it under a microscope, looking at colour and shape and record the information. If any equipment breaks down you go out there to fix it and help the Data Analyst. I didn’t know about drilling operations or rigs and there was a lot to learn. I had the opportunity to ask people questions and to learn from them, so it was nice starting as a Mud Logging Analyst and having the chance to learn while you work.”
What training have you received?
“The training I received when I first started was really exciting; some of the rocks studied were coming from 3km down in the earth which I thought was really cool. We learnt about the drilling operations and how to do our jobs, along with some tests to assess our learning. I was also able to go to the Faroe Islands where there were a lot of different rocks that I hadn’t seen before. It was useful to have the training so you can relate what you have learnt to the field.”
What do you do now?
“I worked for about two years as a Mud Logging Analyst before I became a Data Analyst. Mud logging is quite specific, so it is nice to have new challenges and things to put my mind to. When I changed jobs I went on a Data Analyst course and had one week’s training on the rig. You have to keep asking questions as you are learning while you’re working.
Now, my main responsibility is to watch over the well and monitor volume control. We’re a second pair of eyes for the driller so have to keep track of data and report to the relevant people, including the customer.”
What do you like best about your job? What do you like least?
“What I like best is the working environment on the rig I am working with now, the people are really nice and I have a great time when I am working. When you go to the same rig, you get to know people and they take good care of you. It’s definitely a good thing. What I like least is that sometimes there isn’t a lot happening in operations and I want to have more to do, but I think that’s part of working offshore.”
What is currently the biggest challenge in your job?
“A lot of my job is computer related. There are a lot of IT related skills required, so that it is kind of challenging. I am also on a regular rig where I do two weeks on and four weeks off. Often when people have time off they struggle because they have to find a hobby or something fun to do. It was difficult in the beginning, but I figured out I had to get out and enjoy the time off. Now I think it’s really nice to be spontaneous and go out hiking in the mountains to enjoy nature and the silence. It almost feels like I am still a student, just with money!”
Have you worked on any memorable projects?
“I had a lot of fun working in the Faroe Islands; I was able to get a good idea of how things work. The drilling time was slow because the rocks were hard, but that also meant that there were some really cool rocks to analyse. I got to know people who were doing other work, they showed me what they were doing, explaining everything about their job and I explained mine. I learnt a lot of things. It was really nice to get to know people and actually feel a part of the crew.”
Do you have any advice for students looking to join Schlumberger?
“I would recommend starting as a Mud Logging Analyst, you get the chance to be in the field and see what goes on at the rig when they are drilling. You learn a lot, especially how things work and operate.”
How do you see your future in Schlumberger?
“I know there will be different opportunities in the future to try new things. I would like to use my geology on location and work a few more years offshore to get some more experience.”