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Job Family: Field operations
Updated At: 2018-03-12

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Mud logging Specialist 1 ensure efficiency, safety and cost control by providing the Client Company with a detailed analytical record of the geology, oil and gas shows, drilling & mud parameters, and related problems encountered during drilling and completion. The scope of work for each Mud logging Specialist 1 may vary significantly, and the individual job responsibilities vary as a result. The following is a generalized outline of core responsibilities that are to be provided as a base level on ALL contracts.


A. Responsibilities

The following illustrates the general responsibilities of a Mud logging Specialist 1 with respect to rig site duties:

01 Planning - Organization - Control

  • To ensure that suitably qualified Surface Logging personnel are always present in the Mud Logging unit during all well operations.
  • The primary objective of mud logging members is to assist in the efficient completion of oil and gas wells.


02 Sales

  • Promote new techniques and activities in order to increase potential markets and stay ahead of competition. Be aware of Weatherford capabilities and ensure client in the field is made aware of potential services/techniques.


03 Operations

  • Supervise or perform the collection & packing of cuttings samples, from the proper lagged depths and at the proper intervals as required for evaluation.
  • Examine and describe samples as per oil industry standards and client’s specifications. Descriptions are to be performed in order for Weatherford to provide an independent evaluation of the well.
  • Evaluate all samples for the presence of hydrocarbon shows.
  • Closely monitor gas levels, lag time and drilling parameters, and report any anomalies to the appropriate persons for action.
  • Design & generated Drilling and lithology logs as specified and requested by the client in the scope of work.
  • Monitor and evaluate all data in order to identify abnormal indications of unforeseen or hazardous events, inform the relevant drilling personnel of potential dangers, indications of drilling assembly wear/failure, etc.
  • Assist in core recovery and description as required.
  • Assist in well test operations and sampling as required.
  • Assist the client in the control of drilling operations.


04 Reporting

  • Establish accurate and comprehensive Logs with lithological and drilling parameters as per client’s format.
  • Provide all interested parties with regular and timely reports based on geological and drilling data.
  • Update all reports and plots requested by the client daily and as required.
  • Notify well site personnel of any anticipated or observed drilling problems related to geology.
  • Annotate daily instrument charts clearly and correctly, and organize them for later use by the Client.
  • Submit daily reports concerning geological and drilling parameters to the Client representatives & to the local base, as well as any other requested reports or documents.
  • Ensure all information required to complete the final well report is identified, monitored, recorded, and available on time for inclusion into the final report.
  • Correctly fill out any Monthly or Weekly Report and dispatch it to the base by the first of the following month for correct Client billing. Ensure that the Monthly Activity report is completed correctly.
  • Keep in regular contact with the local base to report the current work situation and discuss possible problems in the field.
  • Provide any other reports or documents based on well data and operations as required.


05 Commercial

  • Keep in mind the basic concept of service; ensure that all tasks performed for the Client meet or exceed the customer’s and Weatherford’s standards.
  • Remember that satisfaction of the Client is not only a function of the service itself, but also of the way it is provided. Human relations are an essential part of the job.
  • Maintain the image of the Company and do not let internal problems interfere with service to the Client.


06 Equipment

  • Perform regular and frequent calibration checks of all sensors and any other instruments as required.
  • Perform normal maintenance and necessary repairs on all equipment, particularly sensors, and report breakdowns immediately to the appropriate persons.
  • Propose to Management innovative ideas for improvement of techniques and equipment used in the mud logging process. Ensure a high standard of quality for installation, operation and service of equipment.
  • Maintain equipment/stock inventory.
  • Rig-Up unit and all equipment as required, conforming to scope of work. Ensure all installations are performed in a safe manner.
  • Rig-down unit and all equipment as required, Ensure to perform rig down in a safe manner.


07 Safety

  • Be aware of safety regulations and procedures as specified by the Client, Weatherford, and relevant safety authorities; respect safety regulations in all circumstances.
  • Perform Local Risk Assessments to ensure that hazardous operations are minimized, controlled or procedures are put in place to minimize the hazardous nature of the operation
  • Assist in completing Accident Near Miss investigations as required.
  • Recommend improvements to the Safety Policies and Procedures especially when accidents or near misses show an evident necessity.
  • Ensure clients and crews are aware of Weatherford safety policies.
  • Perform Audit/Inspection of local operations as required, be aware with MSDS and ensure chemicals storage in unit.
  • Carry all safety certificates as per client requirements.


08 Quality

  • Be aware of and implement all requirements of the Client’s systems within the scope of operations.
  • The major objective is to provide the best services in order to meet and/or maintain client satisfaction.
  • Ensure that the quality directives are understood and implemented.
  • Ensure clients at the rig-site are aware of Weatherford quality aims.


09 Cost Control

  • Control costs by regularly and carefully following stocks and properly maintaining equipment, thus keeping reordering and emergency shipments to a minimum, minimize wastage in all areas of operations.


10 Personal Behavior

  • Build an attitude of teamwork with the other well site personnel.
  • Be on time for crew changes and the start of each working shift.
  • Ensure that work is not left over for completion by the following shift.
  • Remain at well site and continue providing service if relief is restricted or delayed.
  • Share experience and knowledge with less experienced team members, either in overall terms, or in term of local operations.


11 Personnel

  • Assist with allocation of crews with Local Area/Regional Management.
  • Maintain personal competence records, recommend training, and ensure performance evaluations of employees are performed as required.
  • Verify personnel competence levels & assist in maintaining crew database, updating records, experience etc.
  • Permanently monitor skills, attitude, aptitude and motivation of all personnel under his control.
  • Identify and report potential personnel problems and system anomalies.
  • Investigate and routinely monitor possibilities for local recruitment of personnel (level of qualifications, training, aptitude, etc.).


B. Organization Relationships The position of Mud logging Specialist 1 is a main part in the geological & drilling surveillance on the rig, as such he must be in constant communication with other Service Company employees, Drilling Contractor Crew and the Operator appraising them of anything related to the geology of the well that may affect drilling or alternate operations. The crew of a Weatherford unit may vary depending upon contract. It is possible the Mud logging Specialist 1 may be the most senior position of the Weatherford crew. Generally speaking, if a sample catcher or the helper is present in the crew, the Mud logging Specialist 1 will supervise him, and ensure his duties are performed to his satisfaction. This may include on the job training as required. If the crew includes a unit manager, the Mud logging Specialist 1 will usually be subordinate to him. If the Mud logging Specialist 1 is the senior position in the Weatherford unit, he will also report directly to the local base team.