Enviro & Petroleum Engineer

Enviro & Petroleum Engineer

Oil Comp Engr

36 Years Experience

Houston, TX

Female, 57

I have worked at a major integrated oil company for over 30 years. I have degrees in Civil and Petroleum Engineering. I currently work with safety, health and environmental management systems. I have worked in operations and safety in both the upstream (finding and producing oil and gas) and downstream (refining, chemicals and distributions) areas. I have travelled all over the world. I enjoy my job but have endured both good & bad business cycles as well as good and bad managers.

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Last Answer on August 01, 2018

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Hi! I'm 19 years old and I'm a Sophomore at Texas Tech University, majoring in Petroleum Engineering. I am originally Arab (from Jordan, fluent in Arabic), with a U.S citizenship. Will this SIGNIFICANTLY help me in finding a job in the Middle East?

Asked by Kassem about 5 years ago

Absolutely!  You should be in demand in the US as well.  Keep your grades up, try to get a good summer internship and best of luck to you.

Thank u Mam..im doing my 12 grade in india(Chennai).im keen in pursing B.tech petroleum engineering wat s ur advice to take this course..is it worth Mam..?

Asked by sai darshan about 5 years ago

It depends quite a lot on where you intend to pursue a job and what your citizenship is.  I can really only speak for the situation in the USA. Having recruited for a major oil company before, I CAN tell you that US companies will rarely hire a foreign national and  sponsor him or her for US citizenship or a visa unless that a person has a PhD In a very specialized field of study.

I am attending Penn State for P&NG engineering. If in the future P&NG "dries up"(due to political or (econ/eco)-omical forces), or I simply want to leave the field, how easily would it be to find a different type of engineering job with this degree?

Asked by Chanchetty about 5 years ago

It will depend on how much experience you have and what you want to do when /if you leave.  If you have, say, 10 years of experience wand have been promoted into management, then I would think your chances could be pretty decent of landing another management job in a technical field.  If you become very specialized in a technical area that is unique to oil and gas it could be more difficult. However e, there is always the option of pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering or getting an MBA.  Let's say you have a lot of experience in natural gas processing, working with compressors, piping design, corrosion engineering, etc., those skills will be very transferable to other fields.  If you specialize in well log analysislethal would be less transferable. If you love what you do and are good at it, you will make it through any downturns.  US educated petroleum engineers will always be in demand if they are willing to relocate.  I lived through the downturn of 1985 /1986 when the price of oil fell to around $9/bbl.  I only had about 5 years experience but had earned a reputation for being a hard worker who got along well with others And loved the job. 

I am currently a 3rd year student in Petroleum Engineering and the support group for PE majors at my University sucks! Im learning you dont have to have a PE to get a job in PE, so should I change my major?

Asked by Farhana about 5 years ago

Before switching majors, I would see if you can fix the situation.  if you switch majors, you might lose a lot of ground.  If your professors are decent and your program is accredited, I would work with some other students and approach your engineering dean and/or career placement with some proposed solutions.  Do you have a student section of SPE?  If not, consider chartering one;  see if you can get local professionals to come give lectures and help with resumes, interviewing and finding internships; ;  SPE might be able to connect you with a retired petroleum engineer who lives in your area that would be willing to help; consider some joint activities with geology majors;  if you are successful, you will have an impressive achievement for your résumé.  Future employers want to see that you take on a tough problem, show some creativity and solve it.  It is about more than just mastering the technical topics And getting good grades in your courses.  It is about showing that you can work with others and improve things.  Best of luck to you.

What is PET. E like? Do you often work at oil sites and outdoors? Please just describe the work experience both inside the office and outside

Asked by Girl about 5 years ago

One of the things I like the most about Petroleum Engineering is the wide variety of things you might end up doing.  Starting out, you need to spend a fair amount of time in the field to learn how things really work.  I recommend that everyone get some experience in either drilling, workovers, completions or surface facilities (processing units or small gas plants).  When I have worked in those types of assignments, I typically spend about 25% to 40% of my days at the site and the remainder in the office.  This may make me sound ancient, but we did not have laptops or even desktops back then, so there were some things that had to be done back at the office.  These days, some of the new engineers spend 75% or 80% of their time in the field.  After getting a good 4 or 5 years of field experience, you will either be ready to move into management or take a broadening assignment in reservoir engineering.  When I worked as a reservoir engineer, I went to the field far less (maybe 10% of the time), BUT by that time, I knew a lot of the field personnel, so it was easy to call them on the phone, understand what they were doing and get the information I needed.  As a reservoir engineer, you have a lot more influence on what gets done.  Reservoir engineers (along with geologists) make the proposals to management on which wells to drill or workover, whether to shut in or abandon a well, lay a pipeline, etc.  So although you are stuck at a desk, you have more of a long term, business focus.  Another thing that can really impact how much time you spend in the office vs the field is the type of fields that you are working.  If you are assigned to a complicated project, you might spend a lot of time in the planning phase (i.e. - a year or more in the office to plan a well  that will cost a hundred million dollars to drill and take several months).  If you are working on a mature field with uncomplicated wells and facilities, the planning phase will be much shorter.   No matter what job you have as a petroleum engineer, however, you need to enjoy working in teams with people of all different levels of experience and education.

I am currently employed as a structural engineer with a consulting firm in New York w/3.5 years experience (B.S.C.E). Will getting a structural P.E. and a M.S. in PETE make me attractive to the O & G community? What opportunities would be available?

Asked by Bharring almost 5 years ago

It depends on what you want to do in the oil and gas industry.  If you want to stay with structural engineering and work on designing platforms and the like, you would want a master's degree in Civil and you would likely be working for an Engineering & Construction (E&C) Firm and less likely to be working for a major integrated oil company.  If you wanted to work at a major integrated oil company and oversee the work being done by an E&C firm, that is also a possibility, but I think there are fewer jobs there and they are likely to hire an experienced person from an E&C firm.   If you want to get into the day to day operations, a BSCE plus an MS PetE will make you very attractive for a wide variety of entry level positions such as Drilling, Facilities Engineering, Reservoir Engineering and Subsurface Engineering.  There is a pretty large demand right now as the average age of our employees is getting pretty high and a shortage is predicted in the next few years.  Best of luck to you.

What are the chances of us hitting peak oil

Asked by Eli about 5 years ago

Whole novels have been written about peak oil, so I could not do it justice here.  I would just say that because petroleum delivers an unbeatable amount of btu's per unit volume as compared to other energy sources and because there is a mature and highly functioning infrastructure to refine and deliver it to the market, it can continue to command high prices.  The high prices fuel technological motivation to find more oil.  Horizontal drilling combined with fracturing is a splendid example of how we have now economically unlocked reserves that we knew were there.  Because we can drill multiple wells from one surface location, we are able to produce the oil (and gas) with a smaller impact on the environment than previously.  I think more breakthroughs will come in the future so it is hard to predict when/if we will hit peak oil.