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Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells.

Career Options

  • Entry-level engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies
  • new engineers also may receive formal training. As engineers gain knowledge and experience
  • they move to more difficult projects where they have greater independence to develop designs
  • solve problems
  • and make decisions. Eventually
  • petroleum engineers may advance to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some become engineering managers or move into other managerial positions. For more information
  • see the profile on architectural and engineering managers. Petroleum engineers also may go into sales and use their engineering background to inform the discussion of a product's technical aspects with potential buyers and help in product planning
  • installation
  • and use. For more information
  • see the profile on sales engineers.

Educational Qualifications

  • • Class 10th Pass • Class 10+2 with Science Stream

Personal Skills

  • • Analytical skills. Petroleum engineers must be able to assess complex plans for drilling and anticipate possible flaws or complications before the company commits money and people to a project. • Creativity. Petroleum engineers must come up with new ways to extract oil and gas because each new drill site presents challenges. They must know how to ask the necessary questions to find possible deposits of oil and gas. • Interpersonal skills. Petroleum engineers must work with others on projects that require highly expensive machinery
  • equipment
  • and infrastructure. Communicating and working well with others is crucial to protecting and preserving firms’ huge capital investments. • Math skills. Petroleum engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in math for analysis
  • design
  • and troubleshooting in their work. • Problem-solving skills. Identifying problems in drilling plans is critical for petroleum engineers because drilling operations can be costly. They must be careful not to overlook any potential issues and quickly address problems that do occur.

Courses to be pursued

  • • B.Tech Applied Petroleum Engineering with Specialization in Gas • B.Tech Applied Petroleum Engineering with Specialization in Upstream • B.Tech Chemical Engineering with Specialization in Refining & Petrochemicals • M.Tech Petroleum Engineering • PhD Petroleum Engineering

Top Colleges

  • ISM,Dhanbad Address: Sardar Patel Nagar, Dhanbad, Jharkhand 826004 Phone: 0326 223 5004
  • IIT, Bombay Address: IIT Area, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076 Phone: 022 2572 2545

Working Conditions

Petroleum engineers may work in the offices of petroleum mining companies, or they may work on petroleum mining rigs. Those working in offices usually work regular hours but may be expected to work longer hours when necessary. Those working on oil and gas rigs usually stay on the rig for extended periods, working and living in close proximity to other staff. Weather conditions on the rig may be harsh.

Top Companies

  • GAIL Address: GAIL Corporate Office: GAIL(INDIA) Limited GAIL Bhawan, 16 Bhikaji Cama Place, R K Puram, New Delhi - 110066 Phone: 011-26172580, 26182956
  • Hindustan Petroleum Corp Limited Address: HPCL, Delhi Retail RO, 6th and 7th Floor, Core - II, North Tower,Scope Minar, Dist.Centre, Laxmi Nagar , Delhi , Delhi , Delhi , 110092 Phone: 011 - 22010615

Successful Persons

Mrinal Madhav

He is the Assistant director (international co-operation), petroleum planning and analysis cell, Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas.

Linda Cook

Linda Cook is the Executive Director of Gas Power, Executive Director, Managing Director of Royal Dutch and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Gas Power, Royal Dutch Shell plc. She holds a BS Petroleum Engineering degree from University of Kansas.

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