Salary: Average $60,000 to $75,000
Education: College Degree
Mudloggers, also known as Logging or Mudlogging Geologists, collect and monitor information relevant to drilling operations. Using various laboratory techniques and equipment, such as binocular microscopes, ultraviolet fluorescent bulbs, and thin section analysis instruments, Mudloggers monitor the speed of rotation, rate of penetration, pump rate, pit levels, cutting rate, and mud flow rate of drilling procedures.
While a college degree in Geology is the bare minimum required, holding joint degrees in Chemistry, Mineral Engineering, Geochemistry, Geophysics or Applied Physics will increase your chances of procuring employment. Mudloggers are typically employed on a contract basis, working 50 to 60 hours per week, on a rotating schedule of 14 to 28 days on and seven to 28 days off.
- Collects, processes, logs and analyzes geological samples in well site units.
- Evaluates data for signs of petroleum using various laboratory techniques.
- Monitors computer recordings of drilling operations.
- Interprets and communicates data results to the drilling team.
- Monitors and maintains real-time data acquisition systems, such as the advanced logging systems (ALS).
- Performs on-site systems repairs and general maintenance.
- Promotes a safe and healthy work environment via continual monitoring of drilling parameters.
- Predicts and works to avoid hazardous situations, such as over-pressured formations.
- Assists well site Geologists in coring activities.
- Completes and submits mudlogging reports to well site Geologists, department heads, and the oil company.
- Frequently acts as Drilling Engineering, collating and logging drilling operations in computer systems.