How to Become a Drilling Consultant


Drilling consultants are highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals who provide onsite supervision of day-to-day drilling operations on a contract basis on behalf of a operating company. These individuals ensure the safety of all personnel on location while successfully executing the operator’s drilling plan and reaching target depth as quickly and cost effectively as possible. There are several paths to becoming a drilling consultant.

Many drilling consultants have 20 to 30 years of oilfield experience. However, it is not uncommon for individuals with 10 to 15 years’ experience to break into these roles. Most drilling consultants start at the most basic position working on a drilling rig, followed by advancement through the ranks.

Road leading to an oilfield drilling site next to rocky hills represents our guidelines on how to become a drilling consultant.

Typical Path to Become a Drilling Consultant

Non-Technical Degree

Rig Experience
Floor Hand / Motorhand / Derrickhand 
(min. 2-3 yrs)

Drilling Experience
Driller / Directional Driller 
(min. 2-3 yrs)

Management Experience
Toolpusher / Rig Manager 
(min. 2-3 yrs)

Drilling Consultant

Technical Degree

Drilling Experience
Drilling Engineer / Directional Driller 
(3-4 yrs)

Management Experience
Rig Manager / Drilling Manager 
(3-4 yrs)

Drilling Consultant

Desired Skills & Experience for Drilling Consultants

  • Excellent safety record
  • Understanding of computer systems, including WellView & other reporting systems
  • Testing/maintaining motors and rigging up & down
  • Knowledge of underbalanced and overbalanced drilling
  • Knowledge and understanding of various mud systems (water-based, oil-based & air drilling)
  • Understanding well bores, supervising drilling rigs & crews, testing BOPs, training new personnel, performing cement calculations, setting casing, and purchasing supplies
  • Experience with a variety of well bores (horizontal, vertical, etc.)

Download our Drilling Consultant Resume Template:

Oilfield Consultant Resume Template
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Top 5 Things Operators Look for When 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.


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)

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
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