Petroleum engineers plan and manage the recovery of oil and gas from petroleum reservoirs.
Duties & Tasks
Petroleum engineers may perform the following tasks:study geological and geophysical information to determine what type of drilling equipment and method of drilling would be the most efficient and cost effective, as well as plan the locations for drilling
assist in estimating the economic potential of oil and gas reserves by directing the testing of boreholes
identify the liquids or gases contained, the rate at which they can be recovered and the temperatures and pressures that need to be dealt with
determine the best way to develop oil and gas reserves and to maximise recovery and profit
determine methods of controlling the flow of oil or gas from wells and keep records of production
plan ways to transport the oil and gas reserves to the seabed, including the use of downhole pumps and gaslift systems
study operating equipment, environmental problems and the treatment of oil to remove sediment and water
conduct operations and activities in accordance with environmental policies and codes
work safely and use any equipment provided for health and safety purposes
monitor the necessary safety procedures and facilities for personnel working on the project.
Petroleum engineers work closely with people from other disciplines such as geologists and geophysicists.par They may work in remote areas.
enjoy technical and engineering activities
willing to contribute and adhere to the safety requirements of an operation
able to identify, analyse and solve problems
good oral and written communication skills
aptitude for computing and design
practical and creative
able to work without supervision
able to accept responsibility.