Oil-Well Directional Surveyor

Measure characteristics of earth formations in oil- or gas-well boreholes.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $100,000

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What do Oil-Well Directional Surveyors do?

Measures sonar, electrical, or radioactive characteristics of earth formations in oil- or gas-well boreholes to evaluate productivity of oil- or gas-bearing reservoirs, using sonic, electronic, or nuclear measuring instruments: Signals HOISTING ENGINEER to lower instruments into well, observing oscillograph and meters on control panel to verify operating condition of instruments. Turns dials on control panel to adjust instrument for specified recording and starts recording device when instruments reach bottom of borehole. Prints copies of recorded graphs in truck darkroom [DEVELOPER]. Interprets graphs for customer to indicate identity, porosity, oil- or gas-bearing content, and productivity of geological formations. Measures borehole diameters, direction of borehole, and inclination of geological strata, using microcalipers, directional indicators, and dipmeters. May be designated according to measuring instruments used as Acoustical Logging Engineer; Nuclear Logging Engineer.

Should I be an Oil-Well Directional Surveyor?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Oil Well Directional Surveyor, Surveyor, Oil-Well Directional

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