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Career and Education Opportunities for Petroleum Engineers

In general, petroleum engineers devise methods to improve oil and gas well production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. They also oversee drilling and offer technical advice to achieve economical and satisfactory progress.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Petroleum engineers talk with scientific and technical personnel to deal with layout and testing problems. They also monitor production rates, and plan rework processes to further optimize production. Equally important, petroleum engineers have to write technical summaries for engineering and management personnel. They are often called upon to evaluate findings to design or test equipment or processes. They are expected to analyze data to recommend placement of wells and supplementary processes to enhance production. Finally, petroleum engineers assist engineering and other personnel to solve operating problems.

Every day, petroleum engineers are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.