Completion Engineer

Make sure oil wells are ready to start production and running smoothly.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$86,000 – $159,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Completion Engineers do?

Completion Engineers are the men and women in charge of making sure oil wells are ready for production. That involves running tests to measure production rates, pressure, and quality. It also means bellying up to computer-aided design software to design the well, and then heading into the field to make sure the job is carried out according to plan.

As a Completion Engineer, you might look like the Gordon Fisherman much of the time. Although there are aspects of the job that keep your feet dry, the majority of the work requires you to be on site. That means hanging out in the middle of the ocean or other drilling site.

A typical project sees you checking cement settings and adjusting the tubing layout. Whether you’re on a new project from day one or finding ways to improve an older system, you handle the budget, the risks, and the equipment so the company and the consumers can profit.

In addition to answering to the title of Completion Engineer, you might also respond to Chemical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, or Petroleum Engineer. That’s because the position requires a variety of engineering skills. In addition to sketching and implementing drilling systems, you showcase your computer abilities. And whether you work above ground or under water, your creativity, problem solving, team spirit, and focus are put to good use.

Should I be a Completion Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Completions Engineer

    How to become a Completion Engineer

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