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Petroleum engineers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2145

Petroleum engineers conduct studies for the exploration, development and extraction of oil and gas deposits; and plan, design, develop and supervise projects for the drilling, completion, testing and re-working of oil and gas wells. They are employed by petroleum producing companies, consulting companies, well logging or testing companies, government, and research and educational institutions.

Job Duties for Petroleum engineers

  • Conduct feasibility assessment studies for developing new oil and gas fields
  • Direct and monitor oil and gas drilling operations
  • Develop drilling programs, select sites and specify drilling fluids, bit selection, drill stem testing procedures and equipment
  • Direct and monitor the completion and evaluation of wells, well testing and well surveys
  • Design and select artificial lift machinery, and well and surface production equipment and systems, and specify programs for corrosion control and oil or gas treatment
  • Develop specifications for and monitor and supervise well modification and stimulation programs to maximize oil and gas recovery
  • Analyze reservoir rock and fluid data to design optimum recovery methods and to predict reservoir performance and reserves
  • Monitor and forecast oil and gas reservoir performance and recommend oil recovery techniques which extend the economic life of wells
  • Design, develop and co-ordinate the installation, maintenance and operation of subsea well-head and production equipment.
Petroleum engineers may specialize in drilling, production, reservoir analysis or subsea operations.

Working Conditions for Petroleum engineers

Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task. These workers are often stationed in a variety of remote locations, where very careful attention must be paid to safety measures.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Chief Petroleum Engineer
  • Drilling And Recovery Chief Engineer
  • Drilling And Recovery Petroleum Engineer
  • Exploitation Engineer - Oil And Gas
  • Exploitation Engineer - Petroleum
  • Mud Engineer
  • Mud Engineer - Petroleum Drilling
  • Natural Gas Engineer
  • Offshore Drilling Engineer
  • Offshore Drilling Rig Subsea Equipment Engineer
  • Oil And Gas Drilling Engineer
  • Oil And Gas Production Engineer
  • Oil Well Logging Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer, Production
  • Petroleum Production Engineer
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineer
  • Petroleum Well Completion Engineer
  • Subsea Engineer
  • Well Logging Engineer
  • Oil And Gas Drilling Engineer
  • Oil And Gas Production Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineer
  • Petroleum Well Completion Engineer
  • Subsea Engineer