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The industrialized world relies heavily on a plentiful supply of oil and gas, and the petroleum industry in turn relies heavily on petroleum engineers. Petroleum engineers are responsible for the practical details of oil production, from evaluation of the original discovery to decommissioning the site after it's been exploited. The field contains several sub-disciplines focusing on different aspects of oil production, such as reservoir engineering and drilling engineering.

Reservoir engineers and drilling engineers use geological data to determine the distribution of oil and gas reserves in the reservoir and create simulation models to predict the flow of fluid through rocks to ultimately develop economically viable plans to extract them.

 

Practical or MechanicalClerical or OrganisingAnalytic or ScientificSkill Level 5

Petroleum engineers plan, design and oversee the operation of petroleum extraction facilities such as oil and gas rigs. They study and map geological formations to determine where petroleum deposits are located and how they should best be extracted. Future Growth Strong

They plan and design ways of extracting and transporting petroleum from deposits beneath the seabed or underneath the earth's surface. They determine at what rate deposits can be extracted, and the most cost effective ways of controlling the flow of oil and gas. Petroleum engineers may work in mining company offices, or on oil and gas rigs off the coast.

ANZSCO ID: 233612

Specialisations: Mud Engineer, Petrophysical Engineer

Knowledge, skills and attributes

oil rig
A petroleum engineer needs:

  • an interest in the petroleum industry

  • creativity and lateral thinking skills

  • problem solving skills

  • analytical and conceptualisation skills

  • a logical and methodical approach to their work

  • strong oral and written communication skills

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