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Drilling Fluids Engineer School

Updated on January 21, 2012

Drilling Fluids School

To get work as a drilling fluids engineer, you need to complete a training course known as Mud School. Although some people call it “Drilling Fluids Engineer School,” these two names really mean the same thing. So what do drilling fluids engineers learn while in school? They learn about how to test Mud, how to build it, and how to treat it. Since their training is focused strictly on these three things, a few Mud Schools are scheduled to last for only a month. Now, with increasing demand in the field, entry level opportunities are better than ever, so learn more about training requirements by continuing on the page below. (Due to small class sizes, Mud Schools can fill quickly so this is something that should be kept in mind.)

Click on the link below to see an example of a Mud School’s course schedule.

AceMudSchool.com - Drilling Fluids Engineer School


Training Competencies

Mud is also known as drilling fluid and it is a critical part of the drilling process. Since it is designed with certain properties, it can be used a number of ways out in the field. One of the most important ways that Mud is used on the drilling rig is to carry fresh rock cuttings out of the drilled borehole. Because this is a dynamic process, the Mud’s makeup is always changing, which means that drilling fluids engineers must be able to keep it in good shape. So, to prove their skill prior to entering the field, fluid engineers need to pass a series of skill-based competencies. (Key training competencies are detailed below.)

  • Testing Mud – Mud School starts with basic lectures and labs that teach about the functions of drilling fluid. In lab, students learn how to use special equipment that tests specific properties of Mud. Working with different Mud samples, students perform a wide variety of tests until they can report their results accurately on a consistent basis. After proving that they can successfully test different types of Mud, students continue working until they can perform with confidence and with ease.
  • Building Mud – Once students are able to correctly test different types of Mud, they are then ready to learn how to build Mud from scratch. They do this by following simple step by step procedures which outline how to mix products so that they can match certain targets. Sometimes this means experimenting with how much of each product to add in order to determine which amounts will work best. Weighing, blending, testing, and analyzing are all important parts of the learning process.
  • Treating Mud – After building samples of Mud in the lab, students learn how to treat out harmful contaminants. In the Mud, contaminants can cause a variety of problems and slow down the drilling process. Because of this, training teaches basic treatment strategies that, when followed, reduce contaminants overall effects. Of all the oil rig jobs found out in the field, only the drilling fluids engineer can effectively treat contamination. This is one skill that really sets them apart from everyone else.


Requirements

To find a school that can train you fast, try doing a Google search for Ace Mud School. They have one of the only drilling fluids training programs around that is offered on a regular basis. With the average Mud Engineer Salary set to make new highs it is a great time to get into the industry.


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      Mud Engineer 5 years ago from Texas

      Anderson, thanks for reading my article. I called up Ace and did some quick research to find the answers to your questions. Apparently Ace is a little bit shorter than the other one in Texas because Ace has accelerated their course by using custom PowerPoint lectures. Since lectures don't need to be written out on over-heads or chalk boards they can cover a larger amount of information in a shorter period of time. Also, Ace has longer class days that include take home exercises so that they can teach roughly the same material in 4 weeks instead of 5. All of these things added together apparently allows them to significantly reduce the total cost of their tuition. Hope this helps.

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      Anderson 5 years ago

      Hi. I am pretty sure that I am going to enroll in Ace, but I was wondering if you know what the difference is between Ace and the other Mud School in Texas. Ace looks great and they have a good reputation, but their tuition is well over a thousand dollars less. I was hoping that you could explain this so that it makes sense to someone who has no experience in the industry. Thank you for your time.