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Petroleum Engineers

Reservoir Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Petroleum Production Engineer, Operations Engineer, Completions Engineer

Average Salary: Entry level--$60,150 Experienced--$165,640

Education/Training Required: Bachelor's Degree

Energy Industries: Gas


Petroleum Engineers devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. They oversee drilling and offer technical advice.  ·        

  • Assess costs and estimate the production capabilities of oil and gas wells to evaluate the economic viability of potential drilling sites.
  • Develop plans for oil and gas field drilling,and for product recovery and treatment.
  • Direct and monitor the completion and evaluation of wells, well testing, or well surveys.
  • Analyze data to recommend placement of wells and supplementary processes to enhance production.
  • Monitor production rates, and plan rework processes to improve production.
  • Interpret drilling and testing information for personnel.
  • Specify and supervise well modification and stimulation programs to maximize oil and gas recovery.
  • Confer with scientific, engineering, and technical personnel to resolve design, research, testing and operating issues. ·           

Critical Knowledge ·        

  • Engineering and Technology - Practical application of engineering science and technology principles to the design and production of goods and services. ·         
  • Mathematics - Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. ·         
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes. ·         
  • Chemistry - Composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. ·         
  • Administration and Management - Business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, and production methods. ·         
  • Economic sand Accounting - Economic and financial principles and practices, for example, to judge well site profitability.        

Tools and Technologies Used·        

  • Laptop, notebook computers ·         
  • Analytic or scientific software: Computer modeling, Well Flow Dynamics, Engineering formulas
  • Financial analysis and Project management software    

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