Borderless Careers

Date: 09/10/2012

Meet Jugurtha, Field Engineer Internship

Location: Hassi Messaoud, Southern Algeria
Degree: BSC Electronic Engineering
Institute: University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumédiène, Algeria
Start Date: 2012

“I particularly enjoyed being in the field and I felt like I was given a lot of responsibility.”


This summer Jugurtha, a student at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumédiène (USTHB), undertook a Schlumberger field internship in Algeria. He decided to apply to Schlumberger to gain experience working on real projects, and to find out more about the oil and gas industry.

Why did you apply for an internship with Schlumberger?
Before I began my internship I had very superficial knowledge of the industry. I was aware of what oilfield services companies did, and what well logging was, but I didn't know the detail, and I was intrigued to find out more.

What did your internship involve?
My internship began with a flight from Algiers to one of the Schlumberger bases in the desert. I was assigned to work in the wireline domain and was immediately given a tour of the facilities, and shown the different wireline operations such as open- and cased-hole operations. Next I had three days of quality and health and safety training. This was really helpful and I still apply what I learned in my daily life.

During my internship I assisted with a variety of pre- and post-job tasks. I helped check, calibrate, and clean tools. All of these tasks required personal protective equipment which included a hard hat, steel-toed boots, eye protection, fire retardant coveralls, and gloves. Most of our time was spent between the shop, the trucks, and the calibration area.

I was also taken on two jobs. The first was at an old producing water well, where the client wanted to know the state of the casing. The job was rig less, cased hole and we used a crane, pressure equipment, and a logging truck. We measured the casing thickness electromagnetically.

The second job was open hole on a rig 500 k.m. away. It was a long journey and we arrived at the end of the day, with just enough time to eat and then get straight to work. We worked through the night and completed the job in a much shorter time than expected.

What was the best part of your internship?
I particularly enjoyed being in the field and I felt like I was given a lot of responsibility. I also really enjoyed working as part of a team. The Schlumberger managers and engineers were helpful and fun to be around. I have also kept in touch with the other interns that I met.

I enjoyed very much my internship at Schlumberger and in the future I would like to be an open-hole Wireline Field Engineer with this company.”

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