Roger Shields graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1977 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree. He has over 30 years experience in the offshore oil industry, with specific experience in offshore Arctic oil industry, which includes operations engineering, design and fabrication of equipment and systems related to Arctic operations, project management of multi-disciplined refits of drilling and support vessels and conceptual design and cost estimation of Arctic production platforms and facilities. His experience is in both Canada and the US.
Roger was with Canadian Marine Drilling (CANMAR, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dome Petroleum) for 20 years from 1977 until 1997 when the company was disbanded. During that time Roger worked in a number of engineering and project management roles associated with the operation and maintenance of the existing fleet of drilling and support vessels, design and fabrication of new equipment and the design and marketing of conceptual new generation Arctic offshore exploration and production platforms and drilling units.
From 1997 to 2005, Roger continued as an independent consultant to fulfil the design, project engineering, operations engineering and project management roles for all operations of the (S)SDC bottom founded Arctic drilling unit, as well as being involved in engineering studies and reports for both Arctic and non Arctic oil industry drilling contractors and operators.
Roger became a partner with Canadian Petroleum Engineering in 2006. Since that time he has been part of the Shell (USA) Alaska Offshore Drilling project as a project and design manager for the redesign and refurbishment of the 20 foot diameter seafloor excavation system known as the Mud Line Cellar (MLC) or Glory Hole drilling system. In addition he has participated in reviews of offshore supply vessel designs, design and fabrication of MLC diver protection systems, and provided operational and maintenance advisory services to Shell for Arctic offshore related equipment and systems.