Magus Engineering Limited (MEL) was started in 1986 by Dave Magus. Dave started the company as a 'one man shop' with the intent of providing safe and efficient Drilling and Completion operations. Dave's wife Donna Magus built the administration behind the company, which was instrumental in growing the company, by handling everything behind the scenes it allowed Dave to take on more operations. The company grew quickly, primarily by word of mouth, and the shoulders of Dave's reputation. Steve Magus joined MEL in 1992 working in the field, then soon moved into the office to assist managing operations. Jeff Magus joined MEL in 1998, and soon Steve and Jeff took over the company by 2001.
MEL was founded on the premise that we will keep busy if we do a good job for our customers and still operates on this philosophy today.
Jeff started work with ELAN Energy Inc. in 1992 after graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. At ELAN, he held a variety of positions in production and reservoir engineering and was a Senior Production Engineer responsible for well completions and the operation of several thermal “Single Well Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SW-SAGD)” projects prior to leaving in 1997. He then joined Barrington Petroleum Limited as a Senior Operations Engineer where he was responsible for the production optimization and facility / pipeline installation at several of Barrington’s properties. Jeff joined Magus Engineering Limited in October of 1998.
Steve graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Petroleum Technology in 1988. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1991 at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. In 1992, he joined Magus Engineering Limited as a field consultant spending 2 years as a service rig consultant and one year as a drilling rig consultant. In 1995 he became the Operations and Engineering Manager for Magus Engineering Limited, providing engineering design and supervision of field consultants for drilling, completion, workover and abandonment operations.
Gordon graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. He went to work for Crestar Energy and spent 1 year as a production engineer in Wainwright, AB, before returning to Calgary as a Drilling Engineer. Responsibilities included all aspects of programming, in many areas of Western Canada and a wide variety of oil and gas wells ranging from southern shallow gas projects to deeper tests in the Grand Prairie area. Gordon joined Magus Engineering Limited in November of 2000, and is currently the V.P. of Engineering with the company.
Leland Melby - Drilling Superintendent
Leland graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with Petroleum Engineering Technologist diploma in 2008. He worked on drilling rigs for 7 years, before returning to Calgary to attend school. Once he graduated he worked as a Drilling Technologist for NuVista Energy for one year before joining Magus. Responsibilities include all aspects of programming and supervision, in many areas of Western Canada and a wide variety of oil and gas wells ranging from south east Saskatchewan vertical projects to deeper horizontal drilling in the Grand Prairie area. Leland joined Magus Engineering Limited in January of 2010, and has been a Drilling Superintendent since then.
Jesse graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 2004. He started in the field as an MWD Supervisor with Weatherford Directional, working on a number of drilling projects throughout Canada & the USA. In 2011, Jesse joined Encana as a Drilling Engineer where he provided drilling expertise on a variety of projects in the Clearwater Business Unit. He currently is responsible for cost evaluation, engineering design, regulatory, safety, and supervision of active drilling, completions, workover and abandonment operations. Jesse started with Magus Engineering Limited in January of 2014, and has been working as a Drilling & Completions Engineer since then.
Lisa McKennie - Office Manager
Lisa started with Magus in December of 2004, and has worked her way from an Administrative Assistant up to Office Manager. At Magus she is responsible for processing all field consultant invoices, arranging payments, and invoicing to clients. She maintains all the safety compliance data for the field consultants and office staff. Lisa has a wide range of experience in management, recruitment and customer service.