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    Petroleum engineers activities

  • ​Design equipment to extract oil and gas in the most profitable way ;
  • Develop ways to inject water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reserve to force out more of the oil ;
  • Develop plans to drill in oil and gas fields, and then to recover the oil and gas ;
  • Make sure that wells, well testing, and well surveys are completed and evaluated ;
  • Use computer-controlled drilling or fracturing to connect a larger area of an oil and gas deposit to a single well;
  • Make sure that oil field equipment is installed, operated, and maintained properly ;
  • Laboratory extraction of derivatives of petroleum (Photo from google​)

​​           Work Environment​

Petroleum engineers generally work in offices or in research laboratories. However, they also must spend time at drilling sites, often for long periods of time. This means they must travel, sometimes with little notice.

​Petroleum engineers work around the world; in fact, the best employment opportunities may include some work in other countries. Petroleum engineers also must be able to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including other oil and gas workers who will carry out the engineers’ drilling plans.

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​Engineers in extraction on the high seas (Photo by google)

        Key skills for petroleum engineers

  • Strong technical skills
  • Teamworking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Drive and enthusiasm
  • Numerical and analytical skills
  • IT skills
  • Good health and fitness
        Petroleum Engineers Salary (Society of Petroleum Engineers)
    SPE professional members who work in the upstream oil and gas industry reported an average calculated total compensation of USD 206,020 in 2015.
  • Total compensation decreased from USD 214,328 in 2014 to USD 206,020, due to both an overall decrease in base pay and a decrease in other compensation (including bonuses).
    • Still, more than half (58.5%) of respondents indicated their base pay increased in the past year.
    • Smaller increases for the 58.5% was not enough to offset the larger decreases for others, resulting in an overall decrease in base pay.
  • Other compensation has continued to decline since 2013 (USD 64,000), with members reporting an average of USD 57,889 in 2014 and USD 52,931 in 2015.​​