Meet Miguel, Data Engineer
Degree: Master’s in Geological and Mining Engineering
Institute: Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Portugal
Start Date: 2011
“I know that if I work hard, the company will acknowledge my work and assign me more responsibilities to continue developing my career.”
Upon completion of an internship at a production company in Angola, Miguel realized that he wanted a career in the drilling domain. He now works as a Data Engineer providing Mud Logging services to clients around the world. Mud Logging was added to Schlumberger’s portfolio of technologies and services following the acquisition of Geoservices, the world’s leading Mud Logging services company.
What is Mud Logging?
Mud Logging uses a drilling process to bring bits of sediment to the surface. The rock cuttings and gas are then analyzed to find out the lithology of the well bore and detect the
composition of hydrocarbons. Today, with the amount and quality of the sensors, almost any property of the well bore can be monitored in real time. This function is vital as it provides clients with information needed to make critical decisions.
Please describe your career to date.
I have been working for Schlumberger for about a year and a half. So far it has been an incredible ride! I had my initial Mud Logging training in Singapore and since then I just haven’t stopped. I started working in Brazil as a Sample Catcher, and was promoted to a Mud Logger and then a Data Engineer. Right now, I am working on several high profile projects in Brazil and leading a team.
I have worked on many different kinds of rigs in varying conditions, offshore and onshore, from exploratory to development wells. I have also worked on several deep water operations—on one occasion with depths up to 2800 m. Sometimes I work directly from our base—it’s very challenging but it gives me the opportunity to better understand the technology behind field operations. I love being exposed to such a variety of work as it means I am continually motivated.
What does being a Data Engineer involve?
When my friends ask about my job I tell them that being a Data Engineer is like being an air traffic controller! However, instead of working at an airport you are on a rig monitoring drilling operations. The majority of my work in Brazil is offshore. We normally work on the rig for 15 days, working 12 hour shifts. The work is a mix of hands-on tasks and data monitoring, which is computer based. While monitoring operations it’s essential that we communicate with the rig, and other Schlumberger personnel to ensure that the operations are carried out safely and efficiently.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
I like monitoring operations. I also really enjoy working as part of a team as it enables me to continually learn and do my job even more efficiently. While working in the field I had the opportunity to work in a pre-salt area in the deep-offshore which was a great privilege.
Has anything changed for you now that Geoservices is part of Schlumberger?
I always knew I wanted to work in the Mud Logging domain but when Geoservices became part of Schlumberger is was the cherry on top of the cake. Now, in terms of training and career progression, the opportunities are wider than before. I know that if I work hard, the company will acknowledge my work and assign me more responsibilities to continue developing my career. I also enjoy working with colleagues from different Schlumberger business areas—it’s a great chance for learning and growth. There are no limits now!
What advice would you give to someone considering a career at Schlumberger?
My advice is if you enjoy working overseas and learning about other cultures, if you are adventurous, if you are committed to working in one of the most demanding industries in the world, and wish to be a part of a great company, do not hesitate to apply to Schlumberger.