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  • Petroleum Engineer
  • NOC #2145

Petroleum Engineer

Job Overview

You act as the detective of the oil and natural gas world, using all the tools at your disposal to investigate a reservoir or well. Once you have gathered all your evidence, you can crack the code of optimal oil or natural gas production. Wells are your world. Drilling, completions, testing, re-working. If it has to do with wells, you’ve got a clear goal to maximize production.

Petroleum engineers are involved in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. They provide specialty expertise in oil and natural gas drilling and completions, reservoir management and production. Roles vary depending on the operating environment (e.g., land or offshore) and the company. Specialties include:

  • Reservoir engineers conduct simulation studies to determine optimal development plans for oil and natural gas reservoirs. Their plans may include overall field development, well placement, proper production and injection rates and enhanced oil recovery techniques.
  • Drilling and completion engineers plan, design and implement drilling and completion programs for all types of oil and natural gas wells. They ensure safety and economics are taken into account.
  • Production engineers analyze, interpret and optimize the performance of individual wells. They design ‘connections’ between the reservoir and the well. They also evaluate artificial lift methods and develop surface equipment systems to separate oil, natural gas and water.
  • Plant/operations engineers apply technical skills to optimize plant operations, resolve plant problems and enable safe and efficient production of low-cost, quality products.
  • Exploitation engineers monitor and evaluate reservoir performance and identify, develop and oversee the implementation of techniques to improve recovery.

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