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 December 12, 2020

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

Asked by gregg about 8 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.

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 over 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.

I will be graduating with a Bachelors degree in Geology in December. I want to pursue my education and get a graduate degree. I want to know what would be a good choice to get a degree in? Petroleum Geology or go to Petroleum Engineering

Asked by Prabal over 7 years ago

Both are good choices.  It really depends on what you enjoy doing.  Petroleum Engineering seems offers a bit more variety because you could be a reservoir engineer, drilling engineer, subsurface engineering, etc.  However, you need to research the requirements for a graduate degree in Petroleum engineering.  Depending on the undergraduate courses you took, you may have to spend quite a bit of time taking undergraduate engineering courses before you are allowed to take the graduate level engineering courses.  

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 over 7 years ago

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

what are the major differences between reservoir engineers and drilling engineers? how do the salaries from each? which position has the most job growth (promotion)? I think both positions are pretty cool just want to make the best choice possible

Asked by southbayrider2@gmail.com over 7 years ago

Reservoir engineers are in the office most of the time and their primary focus is understanding and predicting how much the reservoir will produce and the flow rates.  Reservoir engineers (plus geologists) are THE decision makers on whether to develop a field, purchase an asset, sell off the field, etc.   Reservoir engineers need to be able to work with geologists and managers, but also need to be self-motivated in order to run simulations, calculate economics, etc. working by themselves for long periods of time.  Drilling engineers can be out in the field a lot, but depending on the type of wells, they can also spend months (or even years) in the office planning the well.   Drilling engineers manage the project of getting the well drilled - estimating the costs, designing the wellbore, ordering and inspecting equipment, writing procedures, visiting the rig for key operations and then studying what went well and didn't go well for use next time.  Drilling engineers need to be able to work with every type of personality from the roughneck on the rig to geologists who always want to drill "just 100 feet more!"  to the senior manager who wants to know why the well went over budget.  Starting salaries are very comparable and both have good prospects for job growth.  Both are just as likely to be subject to layoffs as well.  If the price of oil goes down, you stop drilling as many wells (so you need less drilling engineers) and eventually you start selling off or shutting in some of your fields (so you need less reservoir engineers).   If you are pursuing employment with a company that will grant you some flexibility, I always advise folks to start their career in operations (drilling, subsurface, facilities) and later transition to reservoir or planning.  Some companies don't offer that flexibility, so in that case, pick the job that appeals to you the most.   This is why internships are so incredibly important. 

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 over 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.

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 over 7 years ago

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