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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Mud Engineer?

Mud Engineers, often called Mud Men, run the drilling fluids on rotary rigs searching for oil and gas. The mud engineer uses a mud program and runs tests on the fluids to be sure they are performing according to established American Petroleum Institute (API) guidelines.

Do I Have To Be Good At Math?

If you can do basic math, you can learn to run drilling fluids. If you remember some of the algebra you learned in high school you'll have an easier time of it. Most of the time you will be using computers and preprogrammed calculators, which do the math automatically. All you do is enter the numbers. However, math is a critical skill. There will be times when you may have to calculate something on the fly. If you doubt your math skills you may need to take a refresher course before attending mud school. 

Are There Jobs?

There are many companies in the United States and abroad that provide mud engineering services to the oil industry. These companies hire mud engineers to run daily rig site checks on the drilling fluids and submit reports recommending treatment.  New oil and gas regulations and new exploration technologies have contributed to the finding of  hundreds of new fields in the US and other parts of the world.  (Read about it.)  While it is true that the price of a barrel of oil determines the number of mud engineering and other oil related jobs, a mud man who knows what he is doing will always have a better chance to find a job.

What Kind of Money Can I Make?

Current starting salaries range anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 per year, with benefits.  With as little as five years of experience it's not uncommon to earn in excess of $50,000 per year, and in some cases as much as $80,000.  Most mud engineers in the field today started out by going to a school like ours.

Does This Job Require Heavy Lifting?

No. Mud engineers are not required to do any physical work.  Time on the rig is spent taking samples from the mud pits, testing them in the lab, and recommending treatment.

I Have No Oil Field Experience.  Can I Do This Job?

Yes.  A lot of mud men in the field today started out without having any oil field experience at all. Knowing how the rig operates and the mechanics of drilling for oil and gas will help you understand what is going on in the field, however, this knowledge will come over time, and the lack of it in the early going will not hinder your competence as a mud engineer.

How Long Has Oklahoma Mud School Been In Business?

Oklahoma Mud School was founded in 1978 by George Landry and Jim Harbour.  Formerly called, Harbour Mud School, the institute has trained over 700 engineers. Some of OMS' early graduates hold management positions with their companies and some are now in business for themselves. Three former students went on to check mud on the  famed Hibernia Platform off the coast of Newfoundland. Mr.Landry is a working engineer and runs wells in the US that experiment with new mud systems and drilling technologies. This allows Mr. Landry to stay current on industry trends which he then incorporates into the classroom. Recently Mr. Landry has been working and studying problems associated with hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

I Have Been Injured On The Job And Am Currently Looking For Training That Would Land Me A Good Job, But Not Aggravate My Injury.  Am I Hirable?

Yes.  Mud companies hire people who have been trained and can do the work.  Many people in the mud engineering field previously held jobs in other sectors of the oil industry, but were injured and needed work that was less physically demanding. Some turned to mud engineering. Most of the time, these people also increased their earnings.

Can Women Do This Job?

Yes. There are many female mud engineers in this field and more are coming on board every day. Women stand as much of a chance of getting hired as anybody else.  And at the same pay!

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