Hiring Oilfield Consultants


Operators differ on what their top criteria is for hiring oilfield consultants. In our experience at DTC Energy Group, we’ve found they tend to focus on five main categories:

  1. Years of Experience
  2. Variety of Experience
  3. Formation Experience
  4. Safety Record
  5. Leadership Skills

1. Years of Experience

Operators tend to require a minimum of 10 years’ industry experience when hiring oilfield consultants, though many prefer at least 15 to 20 years.

2. Variety of Experience

Many operators look for a variety of experience when it comes to drilling and completions. Some have specific requirements, which may include:


  • Air vs. Mud
  • HPHT / Underbalanced / Overbalanced
  • Directional
hiring oilfield consultants



    • Crosslinked & Slickwater
    • Well-rounded background in variety of applications (acid, CO2, nitrogen, propane, etc.)
    • Zipper pads
    • Plug & Perf and Sliding Sleeve
    • High pressure, high rate, high proppant volume
    • Natural gas & oil wells


    • Cleanouts, milling plugs, spotting acid, TCP, perforating, pumping plugs, etc.
    • Stick pipe and coil tubing operations

Coil Tubing

    • Workover
    • Drill-outs
    • Fishing


    • Low- to high-strength experience
    • Large special-built units
    • Small stand-alone units


    • Perforating
    • Well intervention
    • Pipe recovery
    • Logging


    • Experience with variety of fishing tools
    • Minimal NPT

3. Formation Experience

Some operators require consultants to have previous experience working in the specific basin or formation they are hiring for.

4. Safety Record

Operators look for consultants who have excellent safety records and are up to date on their safety certifications. All consultants must be Well-Control certified at a minimum.

5. Leadership Skills

Consultants need to be effective leaders in the field. Their experience should reflect a strong ability to manage and work well with field personnel and third-party vendors. Consultants must also be able to work well with the Operator’s engineering team and superintendents.

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Oilfield Consultant Resume Template

What our consultants have to say about working for DTC

“I am very proud to be able to work for DTC Energy Group. The company is made up of real oilfield hands, and I feel confident knowing I’m backed by owners and officers who have the necessary experience, knowledge and wisdom.  I don’t know of any consulting companies that provide the benefits that DTC does – health insurance, retirement planning, direct deposit, safety training and sharing in the cost of Well Control School.  I appreciate all that DTC does to provide for my family and myself.”
J. BentleyDTC Energy Group Consultant

DTC Energy Group Team Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Fast & reliable pay
  • Group health insurance (including independent contractors)
  • 24/7 staff support
  • Safety training courses
  • Direct deposit
  • Stable work environment
  • Career advancement
  • 401(k) plan (employees only)

DTC Energy Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate in any employer/employee relations based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.