Career in petroleum engineering

What is a petroleum engineer? Petroleum engineers are professional engineers who will find methods for extracting oil and gas as efficiently as possible. They are charged with monitoring and overseeing the drilling and extraction onsite. Petroleum engineers also must estimate how and assess the values and costs of the extraction and must determine if the methods are cost effective. If it is not cost effective, they devise other methods and plans to improve production and also assist to solve any other operating issues that may arise during drilling or extraction.
What are the educational requirements for a petroleum engineer? In order to even be considered for an entry-level position as a petroleum engineer you will need to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering. The focus of your engineering major should be in production and oil and petroleum studies. It is also necessary for students to complete co-op programs while working on their degree. A co-op program will give students hands-on field experience that they can put down on their resume. It should be noted that these programs can make your undergraduate career a little longer. These programs can sometimes take one or two years to complete. While it might take longer to complete your college education, participating in a co-op program will put your foot in the doorway for better employment opportunities compared to those who decide not to take advantage of the co-op program.
Are there any other requirements needed to become a petroleum engineer? Besides your formal education, it is required that petroleum engineers be certified and/or licensed. Certification can be achieved if you take and pass an accredited program. As for becoming licensed, this isn’t mandatory for you to find employment but it you will eventually need to become licensed if you are planning to provide your services to the public. Receiving a license will have you recognized as a “professional engineer.”
You should also have certain traits and skills in order to become a petroleum engineer. Strong mathematic and analytical skills can help you when it comes to solving complex issues with drilling. You need to also be able to think out of the box and be creative especially if you need to help design special equipment to efficiently extract gas and oil. Another important skill to have is the ability to work as a team member with other employees and professionals.
Sources:
1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-2171.00
2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/petroleum-engineers.htm
3. http://www.qualityeducationandjobs.com/petroleum-engineer/

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