I have a Geological Engineer Bachelor degree and Applied Geophysical Masters degree from the Institute Technology Bandung in Indonesia. In my current role as a Senior Wellsite Geologist, I am the representative of Total’s Geosciences business at the Badamyar field in Myanmar. Before this role, I was the Deputy Head of Operations Geologist at Total E&P in Balikpapan, in Indonesia.
My role is to contribute to the safety of operations through the efficient implementation, integration and interpretation of real time detection techniques. I supervise and audit related contractor services and guarantee the reliability and quality of the data acquired from wells. I also participate in the organization and supervision of well data acquisition programs, respecting professional and safety rules and optimizing cost and quality.
I’m a rotational employee, which means that I work onsite for 4 weeks, then have 4 weeks off. It also means that I can gain knowledge and skills by rotating through different jobs that require new skills and provide different responsibilities. It’s an opportunity for me to expand my knowledge, accomplishments, reach and impact. I can also learn about different facets of the organization and about our different job functions. I work closely with service companies who provide us with equipment and personnel, so I lead meetings on site to ensure that everyone understands our scope of work.
Negotiation skills are really important in this role. Working with other departments and functions inside Total or with external companies requires this skill, and it is in all our interests to work productively together to drive better operational performance. Learning to negotiate is about embracing a whole new culture, language and way of working into our operation to improve the overall effectiveness. This involves using the power of the opening statement, arguing constructively and of course listening!
To follow in my footsteps and work in this area, you need to be willing to work as part of a team, and on a wellsite, which can mean rotating to work on an offshore platform, where it’s vital to follow the platform safety procedure.
Total offers a wide range of career opportunities that enable me to grow personally and professionally. Since my current role involves interacting a lot with people, I am interested in a career in Human Resources as a potential next step, and the chance to help develop the people around me.
At Total, every day is different – I love the variety and the challenge!”
We caught up with Roy again to find out more about life working offshore. Here’s what he told us: “I travel to the platform on a helicopter or a surfer boat. Beforehand, everyone must have a complete medical checkup and sea survival training. We are all responsible for having our own personal protection equipment with us - coveralls, safety boots, gloves, safety glasses and hard hat. New arrivals are shown the whole platform installation for familiarization with the workplace.”
So what’s the usual working schedule for Roy and his colleagues? He explains that, “The usual working shift is 12 hours ‘on’ and 12 hours ‘off’, and many shift patterns are a mixture of both days and nights. We spend a maximum of 4 weeks working offshore and then 4 weeks at home.” And what’s the accommodation like? “The set-up is usually a dormitory with 2-8 people, often sharing a room with bunk beds. Our roommates become like a family!”
For offshore workers, food and recreation facilities are essential. “Most platforms have self-service canteens with a dedicated kitchen team to prepare good quality food. The recreation facilities keep us entertained when not on shift.”