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Drilling Superintendent

Drilling Superintendent

Name: Paul Goodyear
Company: Husky Energy
Education: Diploma of Civil Technology, College of the North Atlantic
Location: Offshore – Oil Production Installation
Hometown:  Deadman’s Bay, NL
Currently Living In: Paradise, NL


Paul Goodyear works in a very technical environment but he feels relationships and communication are the most important part of his job and the industry.

“If there’s something that surprised me working in oil and gas, it’s how small the world is. It is uncanny how you can relate to just about anyone by talking about people you have worked with. Six degrees of separation, I guess.”

Education and Personal Background 

Paul Goodyear is a civil technician by trade, but made his way into drilling operations through on-the-job training and hands-on experience. He worked as a civil technician before entering the oil and gas industry, which led him to a construction job on an oil production installation – the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure (GBS).

During high school, Paul made a special effort to prepare for studying to work as a technician. He asked to take physics on his own outside the classroom, since it wasn’t being offered at his school.

Duties and Work Environment 

Paul works a daily 12-hour shift on a 21-day on/21-day off rotation. His daily routine when working offshore involves getting up before 5:00 a.m.

“I head out to the office for a quick update on operations from the Night Supervisor. Then it’s down to the galley for breakfast, and back to the office to start the day.”

This update with the Night Supervisor is the first of many update discussions for Paul in the run of a day. He has a consistent daily schedule of meetings with other teams and supervisors offshore, as well as reporting to the onshore support team.

“The skills most used in my job are different than most might think. For me, it’s the soft skills that I use most: communication, listening, reporting and planning. At any one time, we can have in excess of ten different services working on the installation, and they’re all interacting with just as many rig contractor companies. We’re all working toward the same goal. The challenge is keeping all groups connected so we achieve the goal safely and efficiently.”

Questions and Answers

Why did you choose a career in oil and gas?            

It was based on opportunity more than preference. When I entered the oil and gas industry in 1997, it was at the start of the development in Newfoundland. I saw opportunity and security there.

What is the best career advice you have been given? 

I once worked as a mud logger, examining samples of material obtained during drilling. During my first year in the job, the geologist I was working told me that if I wanted to advance my career beyond mud logging, I should spend no more than three years in that position. I took his advice to heart, and it has paid dividends for me.

If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be? 

The weather. Working in one of the foggiest places on Earth can take its toll after 21 days. A little sunshine can go a long way.

What is your motto? 

Treat others, as you would like to be treated.