About This Career
Downhole Tool Specialists are responsible for ensuring that the necessary tools for use in oil or gas activity are included in the bottom hole assembly (BHA), equipment at the end of a drill string on a drilling rig. The types of tools selected are based on the oil and gas reservoir formation. They are used during well drilling, evaluation, intervention, completion and production. Once the tools are in position, Downhole Tool Specialists operate and monitor the tool to ensure the work is successfully completed.
Once the BHA is withdrawn from the wellbore, Downhole Tool Specialists perform maintenance and/or repairs on the tools to ready them for future use.
Education: A post-secondary diploma in a mechanical, electrical, electronics, instrumentation, petroleum engineering technology or related discipline is typically required. A post-secondary degree in an applied science discipline, such as engineering, mathematics and geology, is also an option.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: n/a
- Measurement While Drilling Operator
- Logging While Drilling Operator
Long Periods of Standing
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- Accreditation and professional membership through a recognized organization such as the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) or the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is preferred by most oil and gas service companies.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Oilfield Driver Awareness
- Class 3 or 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent) appropriate to the vehicle being driven and a clean driving record
- Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test