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  • Andres Benitez
    (661) 809-6602


Highly analytical and data-driven engineer with twenty years of professional experience. Fifteen of them in the Oil & Gas industry leveraging business success through critical assessment, data analytics, process optimization and methodical implementations. Technical expertise in drilling engineering and operations on unconventional (Shale) reservoirs. Proven track record of delivering improved performance and successfully managing drilling optimization projects, onshore and offshore. Extensive knowledge of steerable systems (positive displacement motors and closed-loop rotary systems). Team player with excellent communication skills, high quality of work, driven and highly self-motivated. Strong business acumen and client relationship management.


Houston, TX


2016 – 2020 – PV FLUID PRODUCTS

Drilling Applications Advisor/PV Fluid Products, Houston, Texas

Founding member of the new and improved drilling applications engineering team, which was created as the prime competition differentiator to thrive for sales and establish technical-trusted customer relationships. Responsible for creating the company’s drilling data analytics platform. Digital tools derived from the platform leveraged timely insight into market conditions and trends of power sections development & applications. Planned the data warehouse strategy for the platform and helped implementing it with our data analyst. Developed tracking and optimization tools that aid in the continuous improvement processes of our manufacturing engineering, supply chain and sales teams aligned with their division strategies. Actively participated in the engineering review of new power section designs and liaise with R&D for the development of new concepts. Extensive technical engagement with customers whose primary focus of operation is horizontal shale drilling in the Eagle Ford, Permian and Haynesville basins.

2006 – 2015 – BAKER HUGHES

Sr. Drilling Optimization Engineer/Baker Hughes, Houston, Texas – Nov. 2013 – Oct. 2015

Technical drilling engineering advisor for North America. Member of a global elite team that supported regional engineering teams with optimization projects of higher complexity. Managed drilling optimization projects, leading cross-functional teams, for high-caliber operators in Permian and Mid-Con. Projects involved development and support of solutions that would either break or improve a detrimental/damaging trend of the drilling process or improve drilling performance by minimizing non-productive time and, on many occasions, push the technical limit. Projects required extensive knowledge of drilling forensic analysis, well planning and anti-collision, BHA design, drilling dynamics and engineering. As part of the green belt lean six-sigma certification process, started the initiative on our team to integrate these concepts in the conventional drilling optimization process. As one of the senior engineers in the team, I was tasked with establishing the drilling applications engineering team that would support the Dallas customer base and mentoring younger engineers.

Drilling Applications Engineer/Baker Hughes, Bakersfield, California – Apr. 2009 – Oct. 2013

Part of the operation’s team that oversaw the drilling activity in the west coast geo-market. Primary role was to provide cost-efficient and technically sound drilling solutions for the different drilling application challenges. Position required constant interaction with the operator’s geology and drilling teams. Day to day activities involved well planning, anti-collision analysis, BHA design, Torque & drag and hydraulics modeling, vibration mitigation planning, bit selection, mud program and drilling program reviews. The position also required post-well analysis to track continued performance or to conduct RCA as part of forensics analysis to identify failure causes and define corrective actions. Participated in a successful project with a top-tier California offshore operator, requiring remote monitoring to provide real-time optimization feedback. Last 18 months of tenure were spent as in-house drilling applications engineer for Occidental (OXY) of Elk Hills.

Lead Field Service Engineer/Baker Hughes, Bakersfield, California – Jun. 2006 – Sep. 2009

Measuring/Logging While Drilling (MWD/LWD) Engineer assigned to the west coast geo-market. Gained valuable experience working under strict safety protocols and amid high-dollar equipment in a rugged environment at the drilling rig sites of top-tier operators. Strong knowledge and hands-on experience in directional drilling operations and processes such as BHA design and analysis, mud motors and rotary steerable systems, pressure management, drilling dynamics, underbalanced drilling, geothermal applications and complex 3D well designs due to extremely sensitive anti-collision challenges. Operated the most advanced Baker Hughes’ drilling services directional and formation evaluation tools, from the different rotary steerable systems to penta-combo BHAs evaluating gamma, resistivity, density, porosity and formation pressure. Specialized as a field drilling dynamics engineer, spending the last two years working primarily in real-time optimization, streaming key downhole drilling parameters to mitigate and manage vibration and avoid drilling dysfunctions on the spot.

Five years of additional professional experience in the data networks and communications industry as an IT/Comm specialist Lead where I coordinated IT resources for deployments, managed and maintained the operations of the data network in Colombia.


Project management • Client relationship management • Data analytics software proficiency (Spotfire/Power BI) • Risk management • Problem solver • Effective communicator • Commercial awareness • Resourceful • Fluent Bilingual (English and Spanish) •

Drilling operations and optimization • Drilling forensics analysis • Drill string and BHA design • Wellbore positioning and anti-collision • Drilling dynamics


Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)/IE Business School, Madrid - Spain

Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering/Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá - Colombia

Associate’s in Engineering (general)/Southwestern College, San Diego - California