With the first ventures from land to near-shore marshlands and then to out-of-sight-of-land and increasingly deep waters, innovation is our legacy, our present and our future.
Ralph Thomas McDermott established J. Ray McDermott & Company Incorporated at the age of 24 upon receipt of a contract to build 50 wooden drilling rigs for a wildcatter in Luling, Texas. Knowing he could benefit from his father's long-time experience in the lumber and oilfield construction businesses, Ralph made John Raymond McDermott a partner and the company’s namesake.
Expanded the business from its original headquarters in Eastland, Texas, to Luling, Texas, after a boom in oil exploration in the area.
Moved the company to Houston, Texas, with the continuing oil boom.
Provided different services to the oil industry through three McDermott family-owned businesses: J. Ray McDermott & Co., Elmax Construction, and Stall & McDermott.
Hired the company’s first construction crew, a team of six.
Opened a New Orleans, Louisiana, office.
Introduced the first use of floating drilling equipment in low-lying marshlands of Texas and Louisiana.
Purchased J.G. McMullen Dredging Company and established it as the Olsen Dredging Company.
Reorganized the multiple McDermott family business operations into one: J. Ray McDermott & Co., Inc. of Delaware.
Designed and installed the first fixed platform made of steel out-of-sight-of-land, in 20 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico for Superior Oil.
Established a contracting division, which was the major operating segment during the early years.
Acquired assets of Harry F. Allsman Company, McDermott’s joint venture partner for several contracting jobs in the Gulf of Mexico, which provided equipment to meet the new demand for offshore construction.
Commissioned construction of the first vessel designed specifically for offshore work (Derrick Barge 4).
The company’s Oil Division was organized.
•Gain an understanding of the project scope of work, specifications, schedule and all inter-discipline requirements.
•Prepare sketches of detail design to guide Designers.
•Review MTOs for requisitions.
•Keep the Lead Engineer apprised of all activities, progress and concerns.
•Develop an awareness of costs related to own work.
•Develop basic understanding of MDR's business and customers it serves.
•Develop basic knowledge of MDR's business units and interactions including engineering, fabrication, and marine functions
•Develop advanced skills in use of standard productivity tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
•Perform detailed design engineering, analysis and calculations on basic engineering tasks.
•Apply knowledge and skills to complete routine assignments under close supervision and mentoring.
•Prepare clear and accurate detailed design calculations and analyses including design reports and procedures.
•Organize own work to meet deadlines set by others.
•Clearly communicate information, asking questions and checking for understanding.
•Bachelors Degree in Civil, Structural, Mechanical or Marine Engineering or Naval Architecture (Masters Degree is Preferred)
•Entry-level position, or less than 3 years experience in Bachelor Degree in oil and gas
•Preferably Registered Engineer in Training (EIT) or member of professional engineering society