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ES Specialist (Current Employee) –  St. John's, NL29 September 2017
Salaries are very low for the work you perform and travel is never covered. I had to cover all expense while travelling for training and reimbursement rate was long.
Job was pretty easy and training was true to life
Pay was terrible
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Lead shop technician - ES Specialist 1 (Former Employee) –  Spruce Grove, AB5 March 2015
I enjoyed working at M-I, the people were great and the atmosphere was low stress. A typical day at work was a nice steady pace of cleaning, repair and maintenance of equipment. I learned basic MIG welding skills from the local journeyman along with centrifuge and pump tear-down and rebuild. The "hardest" part of the job was many hours spent in the washbay cleaning dirty equipment, but the end result of a clean, well-serviced made that time worthwhile.
Day end at 4:30 to allow for more family time.
Often working solo
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• Provide onsite services by measuring, testing and supervising the running of fluid mixing and pumping,
Drilling Fluids Engineer (Current Employee) –  St. John's, NL29 October 2014
• Provide onsite services by measuring, testing and supervising the running of fluid mixing and pumping, including technical analysis and specific product and practical recommendations for controlling fluid properties under minimal supervision. I have worked on many rigs under difficult conditions and completed the projects successfully.
• Provide fluid solutions to downhole problems, like: freeing differentially stuck pipe, gas and water kicks, unstable wellbore, lost circulation, bit balling, hole cleaning in horizontal leg, reduction of drilling waste, decreasing torque and drag, and reducing low-gravity solids.
• Calculate cost estimate of various options to solve downhole problems. Identify ways to reduce costs of dry products and fluid systems. Observe performance trends and contribute to fluids program design.
• HTHP experience (Mud Weight up to 2240kg/m3 ; Down hole temperature up to 220ᵒc )
• Deep Water drilling experience (2475m Water Depth)
• Prepare fluid management plans and maintain fluid properties on rig site by testing fluid properties accurately.
• Maintain inventory at customer well sites.
• Provide effective customer service by providing rig-site customers and coordinators information regarding the progress of a rig site and create/implement solutions to rig site problems.
• Provide ongoing support to assist operations in providing our customers the most effective, environmentally safe drilling fluids available while optimizing the well-bore construction process and maximizing our customer's production.
• Recommend solid control
  more... processes to ensure economic removal.
• Write reports on daily basis and issue all required standard technical reports related to fluid for the final well report.
• Train new hands in the industry.
• Good communication with rig personnel and client representative.

Familiar Technologies:
• All equipment involved in formulation and testing of drilling fluids, QC checks, ‘mud check’ protocols i.e. HTHP, API filtration, viscometers, retort, all standard titrations, etc.
• HTHP Invert Emulsion, SBM (Paradrill), Diesel (VersaDrill), Low Toxic (VersaClean), Sodium & Potassium Chloride, Polymer Systems, Glycol, PHPA, FloPro, Guar Gum and Prehydrated Gel pills, Floc PHG, Salt Gel and Completion systems.
• Heaviest mud in my records = 2240 kg/m3
• Hottest down hole temperature in my records= 220ᵒc
• Fluid optimization to aid in hole cleaning and optimize rig parameters to stay in advised ECD and ESD.
• Experience of drilling in high H2S bearing zones.
• Experience of Vertical, Directional, Horizontal, Exploratory and Development wells.
• Experience of managing major influx, severe to total losses scenarios.
• Experience of deep water drilling.
• Pump & Dump Drilling.
• Minimizing the reservoir damage while drilling.
• Perform analytical test on drill cuttings to determine oil/water content.
• Good at working with OneTrax and Virtual Hydraulics soft ware (MI SWACO soft wares).

• Canada, North Atlantic Ocean: Orphan Basin (2475m water depth), Flemish Pass (1166m water depth), Grand Banks.
• Iran: Caspian Sea(766 m water depth), South Pars gas field, Hendijan, Bahregansar, Darkhowain, Abouzar, Dorood and Salman fields (Mostly offshore rigs)
• Oman: Mabrouk, Wadi Musalam, Suwaihat, Malan. (Onshore)
• Dubai: Umm Al Qaiwain (Offshore)
Good training and technical support.
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