Pursue A Career In Offshore Drilling: Drilling Beneath The Sea! Let?s Find Out!

Career in offshore

Are you interested in entering the drilling industry? We have outlined the career progression that exists in this sector and pointed out some of the important aspects and responsibilities associated with it. So, if this career excites and interests you, then you should check out this article and gain more information about the career.

What Is Offshore Drilling?

Offshore drilling is a mechanical process. It is typically carried out in order to explore subsequently extract petroleum, which lies in rock formations beneath the seabed. The term is used to describe drilling activities on a continental shelf. The term can also be used to describe drilling in inshore water, lakes, and inland seas.

What does an offshore driller do?

Offshore drilling workers work in a variety of roles. You could be working as an assistant driller, driller or a ?derrickman?. You'll be looking after the drilling machines and other tools used to explore and extract oil and gas from a well.

As a derrickman, you usually work 25 meters above the rig floor on a platform attached to the derrick. You work under the supervision of the driller and assistant driller. As a driller, you supervise the drilling team and also control the rate of drilling.

Your work in this highly skilled role would include:

? Controlling operations on the drill floor.

? Overseeing the assembly of the drilling tools and connecting sections of the drill pipe.

? Operating and controlling the machinery that raises and lowers the drill.

? Keeping records of the drilling process.

? Making sure the whole team follows health and safety rules.

Core Subjects and Curriculum

Some of the core subjects are:

Common Engineering Subjects Petroleum Engineering Subjects
Engineering Mathematics Engineering Mathematics (3rd part, recurring subject)
Engineering Physics Engineering Measurement and Control
Engineering Graphics/ Drawing Thermodynamics of Reservoir Fluids
Elements of Electrical Engineering Energy Resources
Elements of Civil Engineering Petroleum Geology
Elements of Mechanical Engineering Earth Science
Mechanics of Solids Petroleum Exploration<
Communication Skills Drilling Fluids
Computer Programing and Utilization Strength of Material
Workshop Drilling and Well Completion
Chemistry Geo Mechanics
Environmental Science -
Upstream Sector Important Subjects Downstream Sector Important Subjects
Petroleum Production Engineering Petroleum Processing Operations
Transportation Oil Recovery
Natural Gas Engineering Transportation
Reservoir Engineering Natural Gas Processing
Surface Production Engineering Polymer Science
Advanced Drilling Petrochemical Engineering (Recurring Subject)
Pumps and Compressors Petroleum Refinery Engineering
Machines and Equipment Product Testing
>Equipment Design Equipment Design
Reservoir Management Marketing (Of Petroleum Products)
Reservoir Modelling Chemical Reaction Engineering
Artificial Lift Techniques Pipeline Engineering
-Safety Technology


A career in offshore drilling can be highly rewarding. If you begin your career with one of the large oil companies, you may initially manage a single well under supervision. However, fairly quickly, you could become responsible for the drilling and production operations on several wells, initially offshore and then moving onshore. Typically, training programs last up to five years. You?ll usually be expected to change jobs or projects every 18 months to two years, which may also mean changing location.


An entry level assistant driller offshore drilling rig can earn an average salary of Rs. 4.62 lakh per annum.

Top Universities 

 Some of the top universities or institutions are:

? Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

? Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

? Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) ISM, Jharkhand

? University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Uttarakhand

? Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gujarat 

? Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune

? M.S Engineering College, Bengaluru 

? L.D College of Engineering, Ahmedabad 

? G.H Patel College of Engineering, Gujarat 

? Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), Rae Bareli


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