Sr. Drilling Engineer
SM Energy - Midland, TX

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GENERAL PURPOSE:
The Drilling Engineer handles assignments of a broad scope and moderate difficulty. Responsible for the conceptual well design and efforts to ensure that wells are designed and delivered to meet the agreed business objectives with regards to operational risks, drilling optimization, safety and cost effectiveness.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES:
Plan and design the well, monitor actual drilling phase of the well with an emphasis on cost and efficiency tracking and provide engineered solutions to real time problems as needed

Develop and design drilling programs, including casing, drill string/BHA, mud, cement, bit, directional components

Perform well review with Drill Site Manager and Drilling Superintendent for process optimization and continuous improvement

Prepare and document detailed drilling prognosis

Effectively communicate with well supervisors on multiple rigs

Prepare, submit and track AFE’s for drilling, ensuring daily reports are submitted accurately and on time

Verify invoices prior to approval in WellView to ensure accuracy

Verify that estimates reflect current cost scenarios (rig rates, permits, location, insurance, title, etc.)

Develop and evaluate new methods for saving time and costs related to drilling programs

Conduct post well analysis to determine areas for improvement. Must collaborate with asset team members, completions, operations, land department, accounting, service companies, rig contractors, state and regulatory agencies

Promote and ensure exemplary HSE practices

Assist with training and development of entry level engineers and technical support personnel

On call support, including nights and weekends may be required for field locations

Conduct business with the highest ethical standards; demonstrate decision-making skills that ensure the safety of all persons associated with SM facilities

Other duties as assigned

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION:
B.S. degree in Petroleum (preferred), Mechanical or Chemical Engineering is required

Minimum of 6 years of applicable engineering experience

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Proficient level of skill in Microsoft Office

Experience with Wellview and other commonly used industry software

Experience in Drilling and Completion operations, planning and operational implementation

Competent ability to drill horizontal wells

Basic understanding of engineering economic evaluations

Demonstrated ability to produce results that meet economic goals and make economic recommendations that have a positive financial impact

Proven capabilities in problem analysis and developing strategic solutions

Ability to interpret technical data and information

Knowledge of environmental, health and safety regulations

Driven, organized and detail oriented

Ability to effectively implement project management skills

Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment

Strong communication skills including: written, verbal and formal presentation

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Occasional field visits. Must be able to travel to and work on-site at drilling rigs with short notice. Will be required to climb 30 feet of stairs to the rig floor.