Chelsea Davis

  • Age: 24 /
  • Born: St. John's
  • OCCUPATION: Drilling Engineer, Statoil /
  • Hours: 40 per week /
  • Salary: Not released. Company says the salary is competitive/on par with similar positions in the oil and gas sector.

When it comes to keeping confidential information and working on confidential projects, Davis says she doesn't mind. "It's almost easier here because everyone is really open with everything. It's not like a certain pay scale gets to access certain information. And no one really asks about it outside of work because everyone knows it's confidential."

Landed the job

After doing work terms with Statoil through Memorial University's engineering program. "I got to know the team, the office and everything and then an opportunity came about when I graduated, and I got offered a full-time position," says Davis.


"It's a lot of building reports, designing, a lot of schematics," says Davis. "Offshore, I'll be responsible for carrying out the design [of the well] as it was built here in the office."

Monthly expenses

Paying back money for travelling to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia after graduating and trying to save some money to buy a house. Davis doesn't own a car. "I just have an apartment downtown so I can walk to work and get around pretty easy," she says.

Best part

"I would say the people. I really like everyone in the office. And the atmosphere is great. It's really laid back open and everyone is really easy to get along with."

Most challenging

"I would say my knowledge and technical know-how. A lot of what we do here is you have to able to envision and visualize the operation step by step, and I don't have the offshore exposure yet, so I find that harder."

Future plans

"I don't have anything in particular mapped out. I'd like to really become a good drilling engineering," says Davis. But she says the future looks promising. "I mean the possibilities in terms of what position you work in, or what country you work in, are endless, so I could be doing anything."

Enjoys earnings

"I do have a bit of an online shopping problem," Davis laughs, "But I'm trying to curb it now, and stop throwing away the money at the rent and put it towards a house, but we'll see."


Having engineering students from Memorial do work terms operates on a two way street, says Jim Beresford - joint project manager, Offshore Exploration and Drilling for Statoil.

"It gives the students the opportunity to work within the company, and within the industry. But it also gives the company the opportunity to see how that person acts within the team, and within that organization," he says.

"Beresford says Statoil looks for specific traits and features when hiring. "The first thing we look for is that somebody is driven and that they fit within the working environment at Statoil. We want someone that is team oriented, very bright, thinks outside the box, and is energized and wants do a good job."

He says working in offshore drilling is a challenging environment and it takes a lot of diligence.

"The core values are caring, open, hands-on and courageous, which are very simple words, but the people we need to hire, need to fit into that very general mold. If they don't, then there could be issues. We all need to be heading down the same path."

Hiring young graduates is an important company goal. "We certainly like to hire young graduates, and bring them up through the education process," he says.

"The intent [is that] that they would hopefully be long term employees with Statoil that bring value, and bring it full cycle to the crowd we would hire again," says Beresford.

"There's a balance. You need to have experienced people to guide the younger engineers as they're coming in."