About This Career
Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Specialists collect and interpret data that measures the trajectory of a horizontal oil or gas well as it is being drilled. Information provided by MWD Specialists provides decision-making support and allows Directional Drillers to steer the drilling operation and conform to a drilling plan.
MWD Specialists must be able to lift the MWD tool, safely rig in and operate the equipment, perform day-to-day inspections, servicing and maintenance of equipment, and complete all required paperwork accurately and on-time.
Education: A post-secondary diploma in an applied science, engineering, geology, petroleum or related discipline is typically required. Computer literacy is also required.
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: Measurement While Drilling Operator
Long Periods of Standing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying
- Utilities, including renewable energy
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Class 5 driver's licence and a clean driving record
- Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test