In order to become a Drilling Fluids Tech, you
need to study and become proficient the field of
Drilling fluids technology.
There are various schools around the country
which that have been graduating fluids hands for years, but most are
private, owned by the Big Mud Companies, and they have become more
particular about when and whom they choose to send to school these days,
and for good reason. Over the years, most schools have become more book &
product oriented, and most have lost the practical aspect of properly
running / engineering a drilling fluid.
As a mud hand for 32+ years, I have had the
opportunity to work with mud technicians all over the world. A handful of
techs actually "engineer" the drilling fluids, but the vast majority
operate on check-to-check basis, 'checking the mud' and prescribing
reactive, temporary treatments to repair the current, degraded property(s).
A mud hand graduating from any
professional Mud School should be able to analyze a fluid properly,
administer treatment properly, and professionally manage any drilling
fluid, on any rig.... anywhere.
Students graduating from DFE tech are able to
step on a rig anywhere in the world and properly prescribe the correct
fluids treatment within an hour or so of analysis.
Find out who your
instructor is and
what kind of experience
he has to offer you...
Our technicians are
trained in the mathematics of running mud properly instead of the reactive
position of checking the mud and concocting a temporary fix each day to
repair whichever property is in need of repair. This is what we call being
'run by the mud.' There are check and fix mud hands, and then there are
Professional Fluids Technicians.
The Fluids Technician field is
desperately in need of good hands that actually understand the process of
"engineering" a drilling fluid. The industry needs technicians that can
count, technicians that can operate a basic office computer, and are able
to communicate well with other hands on the rigs. Engineering a fluid
properly requires math, and the math is not difficult. Common sense, an
ability to 'look ahead', and a solid understanding of proper fluids
management processes will take you far in this occupation.
Average starting salary for
fluids technicians is +/- $4500 to $5500 per month. That's 54K to 66K per
year. This does not include 401K matching, a company vehicle, an expense
account, all gasoline paid, inexpensive insurance benefits, and all
equipment issued including computer & mud equipment. In my opinion, the
Mud Technician's position is arguably the best job in the oilfield, and
one of the least known and understood. Hands may work 7 days on: 7 days
off, 14 and 14, 28 and 28, or make rig checks on a daily basis.