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 drillingassist in estimating the economic potential of oil and gas reserves by directing the testing of boreholesidentify the liquids or gases contained, the rate at which they can be recovered and the temperatures and pressures that need to be dealt withdetermine the best way to develop oil and gas reserves and to maximise recovery and profitdetermine methods of controlling the flow of oil or gas from wells and keep records of productionplan ways to transport the oil and gas reserves to the seabed, including the use of downhole pumps and gaslift systemsstudy operating equipment, environmental problems and the treatment of oil to remove sediment and waterconduct operations and activities in accordance with environmental policies and codeswork safely and use any equipment provided for health and safety purposesmonitor 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.