About This Career
Drilling Fluids Representatives work alongside the drilling crew to ensure that the drilling fluid used on an oil or gas well site meets required specifications for the type of well in development and is compatible with the oil or gas formations being drilled. They also provide guidance in the event of any issues.
Drilling Fluids Representatives ensure that the proper materials are supplied as needed. They may be required to undertake the activities of an on-site Drilling Fluids Specialist, which requires strong knowledge of drilling fluids and their properties. This occupation is commonly referred to as the Mud Man.
Drilling Fluids Representatives test fluids throughout an operation to ensure compliance with specifications, and maintain and calibrate the necessary test equipment. They advise crews on the safe handling and use of drilling fluids, and provide expert advice on the proper disposal of waste fluids. They may also coordinate with Solids Control Technicians to ensure that drilling fluids are being properly cleaned for re-use.
Education: A post-secondary degree in a science or engineering discipline is typically required, although less formal education with 8-10 years of drilling experience may also be acceptable.
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: Mud Man/Woman, Mud Specialist, Field Service Representative, Technical Services Representative, Drilling Fluids Engineer, Mud Engineer
- Drilling Fluids Specialist
- Drilling Supervisor
- Technical Salesperson
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary degree
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Class 5 driver's licence and a clean driving record