Drilling Engineer Job



This position works a hybrid schedule, spending time remotely and in the office in Houston, TX. The current hybrid schedule provides flexibility to collaborate in the office Tuesdays through Thursdays and work from home Mondays and Fridays. With our 9/80 feature you get time off every other Friday when you work at least 80 hours over the preceding nine days.



This is a staff position based in Houston within the Bakken Asset. The primary responsibility will be to provide well planning, design, engineering support, and daily drilling operational oversight for this unconventional asset. Although office-based, there may be a requirement for periodic travel to the well site in support of ongoing operations. The successful candidate should be self-motivated, with a clear focus on the value that effective planning and engineering can bring to the company.



  • Direct over-sight of drilling operations and responsibility for coordinating recovery plans during NPT events
  • Drilling engineering support within a cross-functional asset team with functional interface into the Drilling and Completions Central asset organization
  • Detailed well planning including design, engineering, and drilling procedure generation
  • Detailed time and cost estimate generation and tracking vs. actual
  • Thorough identification of risks and mitigating controls for all recommended procedures – includes risk assessments, MOCs, and ensuring alignment with corporate, regulatory, and asset standards
  • On-going support of contracted services including NPT resolution and technical review
  • Performance tracking (actual vs. planned) and driving continuous improvement in well cycle time and cost
  • Post well close-out and reporting including capture of lessons learned and best practices
  • Coaching other engineers and wellsite personnel as appropriate



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (preferably in mechanical or petroleum engineering).
  • At least 5 years of well engineering experience preferably with an operator. Minimum of 3 years directly related to drilling engineering/well design.
  • Engineering and operational experience in drilling including casing design, directional drilling, drill string/BHA design, drilling fluids, cementing and contingency planning.
  • High degree of computer literacy in the Microsoft Suite and drilling engineering software (Landmark Suite)
  • Experience in risk assessment and well time/cost estimation 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (a team player)
  • Ability to develop ideas and technical proposals with minimal supervision.
  • Strong problem solver committed to continuous improvement
  • Well site operations experience.
  • Commitment to Environment, Health, Safety & Social Responsibility principles.



  • Unconventional drilling experience and/or extended reach lateral drilling experience 
  • Exploration, Appraisal and Development Drilling experience
  • U.S. onshore experience
  • Offshore drilling experience
  • Mobile, willing to relocate and work in other places in the US and globally



Hess provides a comprehensive range of compensation and benefit programs that help you to take care of your health, protect your income, and build savings for the future. Our compensation philosophy is simple – we pay for performance.  The better you and the company perform, the more you can earn.  Here are a few highlights:

Base Salary

  • Base salaries are competitive, and market based, with pay increases based on objective measures and upward moves.

Annual Incentive Plan

  • Every employee participates in our Annual Incentive Plan, which awards a bonus based on how well we fare as a company on our annual performance scorecard and the person’s level of contribution.

All Employee Share Plan

  • All employees are Hess stockholders, so they share in the success they help create for the company. Shares are granted to new employees who do not receive stock as part of their compensation package.


  • Hess cares about your well-being and wants to help you be your best self.  That’s why we offer a compelling benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. Highlights include: medical, dental, and vision coverage; a health savings account; 401 (K) and pension plan; a nationally recognized wellness program; and company paid basic life and disability insurance.

Learn more about our programs at https://hessbenefits.com/.

Learning & Development 

  • We believe in lifelong learning and provide a suite of on-demand and instructor-led learning opportunities, in addition to a tuition reimbursement program, designed to help you achieve your professional goals.  Learning encompasses on-the-job interaction with highly skilled colleagues, self-guided study, training, mentoring and participation in formal networks (e.g., technical and employee resource groups.)



    We aim to be the world’s most trusted energy partner. Modern life and continued human prosperity depends upon access to affordable and secure energy and all forms of energy are required for an orderly and just future. Hess is ideally positioned to provide low-cost oil and gas reliably to help meet the world’s growing energy needs in a way that protects the health and safety of our people, safeguards the environment, and makes a lasting positive impact in the communities where we do business. 


    Everything we do is guided by six core values – Integrity, People, Performance, Social Responsibility, Value Creation, and Independent Spirit, from how we treat our employees to how we interact with our neighbors, suppliers and business partners.  They are the basic building blocks of our culture and represent our company’s collective conscience. While our strategy changes over time based on business conditions, our values are enduring. 


    We are an industry leader in the Bakken shale play in North Dakota, one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a critical natural gas producer and supplier to Malaysia and Thailand. Our exploration and appraisal activities are offshore Guyana, one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade, as well as in the Gulf of Mexico and Suriname. 


    We are recognized around the world as an industry leader in environmental, social and governance performance and disclosure. 


    Hess provides challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth. We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. Unlike much larger companies, we are agile and every member of the team, regardless of level or position, plays an important role. 


    We invite you to learn more about what makes us a special place to work.  Click here (www.hess.com) 


    Hess is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.  We are an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Hess is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, click here or send an email to MyHR@Hess.com.

    Posting Notes: Catherine Denise Nichols | Employee | Drilling and Completions | United States| Texas | Houston | | No | 27215



    To apply for this job please visit jobs.hess.com.

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