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 September 09, 2018

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Thank you so much! We def have a great SPE ch; but the PE dept keeps snowballing students into taking extra sems by offering classes only once a yr & w/ intense prerequisites to the point where its like 18 hrs evry sem jus to grad timely. What to do?

Asked by Farhana over 5 years ago

This is a great opportunity for you to get some practice solving problems (like you will have to do every day as an engineer).  I suggest you team up with some other students and perhaps a sympathetic alumni or practicing engineer and propose a solution to the problem and meet with the administration.  Employers (and professors) don't want to hear "There's a problem and I'm not happy about it".  They want to hear "I think there's an opportunity to make some improvements and here are some potential solutions.  Can we explore this together?"  There may be some facts that you are not aware of and the administration may not be aware of the impact on their schedule decisions on the students.  Don't go into this assuming that they are trying to make this hard on you.  Go into with an open mind.  One of my favorite pieces of advice is the adage, "Grant me the courage to change what I can, the strength to endure what I cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference".  So, figure out what you might be able to change and if you can't change it or endure it, then switch to another program or university.  Good luck.

Mam should I do my masters for petroleum engineering.?

Asked by sai darshan over 5 years ago

This is not an easy question to answer.  Getting a masters degree in any engineering area depends on why you want the degree.  In some fields, having a masters degree is a prerequisite for entry.  For example, if you want to do research, you need a masters or even a PhD.  This is generally not the case for petroleum engineers who want to do entry level work.  However, you also need to weigh the cost of pursuing the advanced degree with the benefits it will return.  In the USA, someone with a Masters in PE may start at a higher salary than someone with a bachelor's degree, but after 4 or 5 years on the job, the person who is a best performer may command the best salary.  Also, it depends on what the hiring environment is like.  During some of the down cycles, students may do better to stay in school and get a Master's degree if companies aren't hiring.  That's a gamble, but if you can get a good scholarship, it could be worth it.  Also, I have interviewed some students who did not get great grades as an undergraduate and they pursued a Master's degree in order to demonstrate that they had turned things around and could master the material.  Sorry, that I can't just give you a "yes" or "no" answer, but there are lots of factors you need to consider.

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 about 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.

Are there realistic ways to decrease the US dependency on foreign oil, or are most of those efforts in vain?

Asked by gregg over 5 years ago

If the price of oil is high enough, there are unconventional reserves that are economic to develop. Plus, high oil prices will encourage conservation which will also help decrease dependence on imports. I think it is way too complicated to say all efforts are in vain.

I'm going into my senior year of high school and I want to major in petroleum engineering in college. I wouldn't graduate with a B.S. in PE until 2018. Do you think this would be a good long term career path?

Asked by Peter over 5 years ago

The future looks pretty good right now for petroleum engineering.  We older folks talk about "the big crew change".  In the next 5+ years, there are a LOT of people who will be retiring, which increases the demand for new graduates.  I would definitely keep your options open, however, and try to stay as general as you can freshman year (math, physics, etc.) and part way through sophomore year.  See if you can take courses that satisify the requirements for Mechanical, Chemical or Civil in case the market changes or you don't like Petroleum. The best way to really find out is through summer internships, so be sure to apply for those.  Also, check out the scholarships offered by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  Historically, they have been pretty good.

I am a 43 years old. I am returning for a degree in mechanical engineering (I currently have a degree in business). What obstacles do you see in me getting a position considering my age?

Asked by Frank over 5 years ago

The market is so good for engineers in the US, I don't really see any obstaclesm especially in the petroleum industry.  If you are willing to work hard and show how your prior experiences can benefit your employer, I think your chances are good.  We are all so concerned about the "big crew change", employers are doing everything they can to keep valued employees from retiring.  SPE has done some surveys on the demographics of engineers in the oil industry, so you might want to check that out.  Many oil companies are looking for folks that are willing to relocate, so be aware of that.  I can't really speak for companies outside the oil industry.  I won't sugar coat this, however, and tell you that every potential employer is going to welcome you with open arms.  Some will probably quiz you about why you made the change to engineering and whether you are going to stick with this, etc., but I got asked when I was interviewing about whether I was going to get married, start having babies and quit.  This was 30+ years ago and interviewers know that they can't ask those types of questions.  What I have learned in my career is that there are no "sure" things and that hiring decisions need to be made based on merit and whether there is a good fit between the company's culture and the potential employee's interests & personality.   Hope this helps.

HI,

I completed MSc in Petroleum Engineering with PGDip(Postgraduate Diploma) at University. I am not able to get any job in the oil and gas field as they ask for experience. I am a fresher and would like even an entry level field engineer job

Asked by Cyb about 5 years ago

I wish I could help you, but it really depends the country in which you live and/or in which you are seeking work.  In the USA, you do not need to have experience if you are seeking an entry level position and have reasonably good grades/gpa.