Enviro & Petroleum Engineer

Enviro & Petroleum Engineer

Oil Comp Engr

38 Years Experience

Houston, TX

Female, 60

I recently retired from a major integrated oil company after 38 years. I have degrees in Civil and Petroleum Engineering. I worked with safety, health and environmental management systems and operations in the upstream (finding and producing oil and gas) and downstream (refining, chemicals and distributions) areas. I travelled all over world, enduring good & bad business cycles and good and bad managers.

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Last Answer on June 25, 2020

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Hi there,
I am 47 current and have a degree in civil Engineering having worked as a civil engineer and construction safety for 15 years. If I did a masters in petroleum engineering, can I get into the oil and gas industry as a reservoir Engineer?

Asked by Shahid almost 7 years ago

Yes, you might be able to get a job as a reservoir engineer, but be aware that while companies are not allowed to discriminate based on age, they may feel obligated to pay a competitive salary to you based on your 15 years of work experience.  This may or may not make price you out of the market.  That said, starting salaries for petroleum engineers probably meet or exceed the salary of a "typical" civil engineer working for a municipality.   You should be very candid with potential employers regarding the starting salary you desire.  The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) regularly conducts salary surveys so you should be able to see the current starting salaries.  Last time I checked, a BSPE was getting around $90k.   Also, keep in mind that the industry can change quickly, so it is always a bit of a gamble if you decide to go to school full time and give up your current job.  If you can go to school at night while working, it will take you longer but could be less risky.  Best of luck to you. 

Hello Sir,

I'm new drilling engineer and I have a question which is:
If I mixed 300bbls of 9.2 ppg mud with 100bbls of another mud with 9ppg density. What will be the final density and the volume of new mud?

Thank you

Asked by Mohamed about 7 years ago

The purpose of this forum is to answer questions about what it is like to work as a petroleum and/or environmental engineer, not to do people's work for them.  Sorry, but you need to consult a textbook.

Sorry please forgive me that was a big mistake, I am in Houston Texas so you think Houston Community College or University DownTown is a bad school to get the Certificate from and/or Degree?I do not want the school I get it from to hold me backthanks

Asked by Tristan about 7 years ago

No worries!  Sorry for taking so long to respond.  I have been travelling and my iPad was not cooperating when I tried to post an answer.  I just read an article a few weeks ago about a Petroleum Technology program at the University of Houston (main campus).   I suggest you check it out as U of H has a well respected Petroleum Engineering Program and it could ease the transition by staying with the same institution for both a technology certificate and then an engineering degree.  If the other schools are more affordable or work better for your commuting situation, then I would quiz them about the % of their students that find employment and how quickly they find employment.  Best of luck to you.

I met someone on line who says his a petrochemical engineer. He said he does contract work. He goes to the refinery everyday to buy goods for a company useing his own money. Is this true or is he lying to me.

uses his own money to pay

Asked by Susan almost 7 years ago

This sounds very strange.  Any reputable refinery would not have a contractor buy goods for them using his own money. 

I got my BS in Petr Eng 4-5mo ago and haven't found a job. I'd like to have an upstream job with an E&P/operating company. I have no oil field experience but I did well in school. Any advice? I might consider applying to service companies soon.

Asked by Guy almost 7 years ago

I am surprised that you have not been able to find a job.  If you are a US citizen and applying for work in the USA, you may want to ask some of the potential employers why they did not make you an offer.  If you are not a US citizen, the issue could be that employers don't want to sponsor you for a green card.  You say that you did well in school, but does your resume adequately reflect that?  Consider getting a recommendation letter from a professor.  I would definitely consider applying to a service company before too long because it will not look good on your resume to be unemployed.  You might also want to contact a consulting firm that would hire you out as a contractor to E&P firms.  They might take you on as a contractor and then convert you to employee after they have seen what you can do.

You are an idol sir. I wanted to know could I even get in the oil & gas door with just a Petroleum Engineering Technology Certificate?? Or will that just be worthless. I wanted to get in the door first while continuing my education.Is that possible?

Asked by Tristan about 7 years ago

Okay - what makes you think I am a man? :)  I doubt that a Petroleum Engineering Technology Degree / Certificate would be worthless.  The important issue is the credentials / reputation of the institution granting the degree and if you can get a job in a location where you have access to classes taught at night or on weekends to pursue a bachelor's degree  (if you have the energy to work full time and go to school).   With a technology degree, you would likely be doing some of the same entry level work that an engineer will do when they first start working.  You just won't be able to progress to the more advanced tasks.  However, you will probably get a fabulous opportunity working as a technicican to really understand how the company works as you progress in your education.  Some of the smartest rig superintendents and operations superintendents I have worked with have only a high school education or just a year or two of college but they are life long learners and understand everything about how a drilling rig works. If you can earn your degree while working full time (or take a break to go finish your degree) I think your hard work will earn you a lot of respect.  Best of luck to you.

Thanks a lot! Would it be a safe bet to say new PE program from a state U will get ABET after it has x graduates since all other older eng BS have ABET with same format: online class and summer on-site labs(done on military leave). Thanks again.

Asked by oneslo5oh almost 7 years ago

Yes, a new program from a state university should get its ABET accreditation wihin a few years.