“ Write here only if you have personal experience of working as a mudlogger. Why did you decide to become one? What are your qualifications? What are the ups and downs of the profession? „
I have been working in mudlogging now for ten years, and in fact I am sitting on a rig in the North Sea, UK, as I write this. Most job descriptions of mudloggers concentrate on the collection and anaylisis of drilled rock cuttings, although correct, this is in fact a very small percentage of the job as a whole, mudlogging involves setting up a series of sensors around the oil rig in order to collect data relating to drilling parameters, this data is collected in a database on a computer but it is the monitoring and analysis of this data that is crucial, this can provide forewarnings of problems with the wellbore, it is also highly useful in fault finding rig equipment too, ie washed out valves, misaligned valves, pump problems, etc. The mudlogger acts as a back up to driller derrickman and is expected to see and report things when they may not be going to plan. Because of the rig up the mudlogger has of sensors and computers he has his own shack on the rig, maintenance also is high on his agenda, sensors need claibrated, fixed replaced. In the petroleum industry , of all the jobs, mudlogging attracts the lowest day rates when it comes to pay for the service from the oil companies, hence its employees are not paid tothe same extent as others on the rig, in fact it can take a few years to start having a salary greater than the person that changes your bed, the oil companies expect a lot from the service and pay little, hence there is a high turn over of staff, and then the oil companies complain that there is no experienced people. Anothe rproblem facing the job isalthough a mudlogger is expected to monitor using his sensors real time all the time, he cant do this, he has to eat, go to the toilet and in fact maintain the equipment that allows him to monitor, on too many rigs there is a feeling he should be chained in front of his computer monitoring alll the time. I would like to say though that it is not all bad, the banter on rigs is good the life is good if you like an alternative lifestyle.