Career, Scope and Opportunities in Petroleum Engineer

By | October 14, 2020
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Petroleum Engineer

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Petroleum Engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be natural gas or crude oil. Exploration and Production are considered as the main source for the oil and gas industry. Exploration, by earth scientists, and petroleum engineering are the oil and gas industry’s two main subsurface disciplines, which focus on maximizing economic recovery of hydrocarbons from subsurface reservoir Exploration, by earth scientists, and petroleum engineering are the oil and gas industry’s two main subsurface disciplines, which focus on maximizing economic recovery of hydrocarbons from subsurface reservoirs.

Petroleum geology and geophysics focus on distribution of a static description of the hydrocarbon reservoir rock, while petroleum engineering focuses on evaluation of the recoverable volume of this resource using a brief understanding of the physical behavior of oil, water and gas within the porous rock at very high pressures. - Taken From Wikipedia

Key to Success

To be successful in Petroleum Engineering you should have/ develop:

  •   Interest in Geology
  •   Scientific and analytical mind
  •   Numerical Ability
  •   Inquisitiveness

Scope and opportunities

Based on the qualifications, roles and designations, skills and experience differ in the field. Some of the positions were one can choose are Reservoir Engineer, Technical Support Engineer, Senior Geoscientist, Drill Bits System Field Engineer, Petroleum Technologist and Drilling Engineer. Other positions are Principal Reservoir Petro Physicist, Technical Support Specialist, Tender and Quotations Analyst, Geosciences Pressure Expert, Senior Petro Physicist, Senior Exploration Geologist and Process Engineer.

Lifestyle and Social Status

  • It’s mainly an outdoor activity
  • You may require to work in shifts, i.e. timings may be day or night jobs
  • In case of time bound projects you may require to work for long hours
  • Petroleum Engineers make excellent money

Job Profile

  • Reservoir engineers work to make perfect production of oil and gas via production rates, proper well placement and enhanced oil recovery techniques
  • Drilling engineers direct the technical aspects of drilling exploratory, production and injection wells
  • Production engineers, including subsurface engineers, direct the interface between the reservoir and the well, including perforations, sand control, down hole flow control, and down hole monitoring equipment; compute artificial lift methods; and also select surface equipment that separates the produced fluids like oil, natural gas, and water

Skill sets                                               

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Analytical skills
  • Basic Drawing and sketching skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Solid mathematical skills
  • Judgment and Decision Making

Work Value

  • Challenging
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Achievement
  • Persistence
  • Innovation
  • Work with his (or her) hands

Current Job Scenario

Petroleum engineers are paid according to their knowledge, skills, qualification, capabilities and experience. Moreover, an engineer from a top engineering college may be placed and have a pay package between Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000 PM.

Top Recruiters

  • Indian Oil Corporation
  • IBP Co. Limited
  • ONGC
  • Bharat Petroleum
  • Reliance Petroleum Limited

Course Synopsis

Course Options  B. E./ B. Tech degree
Academic Eligibility 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized Board/University with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics as a subject of examination.
Fees Rs. 3.50 Lakhs to 5.00 Lakhs
Expenditure in Metro and Tier-1 Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs
Expenditure in Tier-2 Rs. 1.75 lakhs to Rs. 2 lakhs.
Duration 4 Years
Mode Regular
Approved Directorate of Technical Education
Affiliation Respective University
Entrance Exam Yes like Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET)
Education Loan  

Career prospect

  1. Drilling engineer
  2. Production engineer
  3. Manufacturing goods

Entrance Exam

  • JEE Mains / JEE Advance – National Level Exam
  • Every State has their own entrance exam, kindly check

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