Engineer – Oil And Gas Production

When speaking of “oil and gas” the industry-specific terms normally used are “crude oil and natural gas.” An oil and gas production engineer is a broad title for several jobs that focus on one of four areas reservoir drilling production and “mud.” A “reservoir engineer” works to determine the best specific location for drilling. A “drilling engineer” works with the individuals who handle and operate the drills on technical issues. “Production engineers” monitor the drilling and flow control and they also work with non-drilling equipment. A “mud engineer” is an on-site engineer who oversees operations and ensures that the oil and gas being extracted meet required standards. Depending on their specific assignment oil and gas production engineers may work in an office or they may work at a drill site. Oil and gas production engineers usually work with a team of engineering professionals and geologists to according to Wikipedia.com “determine the way in which a reservoir is developed and depleted.” Because so many of the world’s easy-to-access oil fields are empty due to already being drained the extensive talent of analyzing computer modeling programs statistics and new and more advanced drilling methods is essential for this profession. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers oil and gas production engineers are among the highest paid engineers employed in today’s workforce with a salary average between $86220 and $200000 per year. The minimum educational requirement for a career as an oil and gas production engineer is a bachelor’s degree.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $118110
High Salary: $150000
Low Salary: $86220
Tasks: Estimates the amount of oil and gas that can be extracted.
Decides how to drill.
Supervises oil and gas processing.
Researches ways to recover large amounts of oil and gas.
Also Called: Petroleum Engineer
Reservoir Engineer
Drilling Engineer
Mud Engineer
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_engineering
http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/75/Petroleum-Engineer.html