Petroleum Engineer Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions
Oil-based fuels and chemical compounds are vital to the world economy. A petroleum engineer designs the equipment and systems used to extract oil and gas used in the creation of these products. Petroleum engineers design drill equipment for onshore and offshore activities and recommend plans based on the cost, the effort involved, and the potential return on investment of time and resources. Petroleum engineers also evaluate the production of oil and gas wells through surveys and testing.
Petroleum engineers work with geoscientists and other specialists to understand the rock formations surrounding oil and gas deposits. For this reason, petroleum engineers must possess interpersonal communication and teamwork skills. A petroleum engineer must also have advanced research skills, as they are often required to find new ways to extract as much oil and gas as possible from underground reserves.
Sample job description #1
The Petroleum Engineer/Specialist will bring their expertise in applying technologies (physics-based, data-driven, and hybrid) to monitor, analyze, and optimize asset performance for conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and the advancement of these analytical and emerging solutions within the customer organizations.
BS or MS in Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or any other related discipline
5+ years of relevant work experience
Strong background in petroleum engineering, black oil and compositional reservoir simulation, PTA/RTA, and integrated production modeling applied to field development, reservoir management and production surveillance for conventional and unconventional reservoirs
Experience with artificial lift design, diagnosis, and optimization for common lift types
Demonstrated ability to carry out independent analysis and problem solving based on digital oilfield practices and technologies for field development planning, reservoir management and production optimization
Experience in machine learning, data analytics, deep learning, system modeling, and control systems are beneficial
Working knowledge of commercial reservoir simulation, well testing, and nodal analysis software packages
Experience with software development and product ownership will be preferred
Familiarity with design and execution of data acquisition programs (PVT, SCAL, etc.)
Proficiency in programming languages (C++, C#, Python, Java) and mathematical packages (Python, R, Matlab)
Strong analytical skills and sound business awareness
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Must be able to work in highly charged, fast-paced work environment and be able to handle multiple projects
Support implementation and deployment of new solutions in software platform for customers
Perform end-to-end modeling, uncertainty analysis and optimization workflows for integrated asset management
Ensure customer satisfaction and capture value on deployed projects by providing a high level of customer service to drive success for our customers
Serve as a technical expert and provide technical leadership both externally and internally
Bring your ideas and provide critical customer feedback to drive product development activities for advanced digital technologies for field development, reservoir management and production surveillance for unconventional and conventional reservoirs
Prepare materials and train personnel on deployed solutions through courses, workshops, and hands-on work sessions
Execution of a wide range of projects across core focus areas of Digital Labs
Work with internal RD and external technology organizations on key projects
Sample job description #2
Engineering Degree Required
Petroleum or Chemical strongly preferred
Mechanical and Electrical may be considered
Superior academic achievement (>3.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale)
1-2 years relevant work experience preferred (Reservoir/Petroleum Engineer)
Will consider 0 years for right candidate
Must show a strong interest in Upstream Oil and Gas asset valuation
Skills and abilities (required)
Strong quantitative and analytical skills
Advanced oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently while functioning as part of a team
Strong attention to detail and the ability to work in high pressure settings with tight deadlines
Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint advanced user
Software coding experience (VBA Macro Development, Python, or SQL)
Basic understanding of database design and functionality (Microsoft Access)
Decline Curve Analysis, SEC Reserve Definitions
Experience with IHS Enerdeq or Enverus (DrillingInfo), ARIES, PHDWin, Tableau, or Spotfire
Basic understanding of Petroleum Geology
Sample job description #3
Key responsibilities include
Design storage field projects and coordinate the completion of these activities with the field supervision. Develop operating and maintenance plans for each of the storage fields
Coordinate with Gas Supply and Gas Control to create annual injection and withdrawal plans and maintain the peak day deliverability of each of the storage fields
Provide support for the completion of all storage field regulatory data requests and complete all storage related permitting and filings
Monitor the gas storage field inventories. Analyze reservoir and well performance using historical data, test results, reservoir models, and wire line surveys. Initiate annual adjustments to storage field inventories as required for maintaining field performance
Compile cost estimates, justifications, specifications, designs, work orders, and requisitions for materials and personnel for both long term capital projects and short-term maintenance related projects as required to drill and complete new wells, identify and perform remedial work on wells with lost performance/deliverability, and maintain well integrity
Provide on-site supervision of well work activities and remedial well workover operations
Familiarity with API RP 1171 and 49 CFR 192.12. Stay up to date with state and federal regulations to stay in compliance with code requirements. Work with field operations personnel to ensure completion of all well-specific compliance activities as specified in operations and maintenance plans
Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from an accredited college or university required. Four or more years relevant reservoir engineering, gas storage
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a petroleum engineer is $124,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
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Sample interview questions
Can you describe the methods used to test analyses?
What’s the main advantage of using a pressure drawdown test?
Can you describe well logging?
What is pseudo pressure?
Can you describe bull heading?
What do you use to increase the density and weight of drilling mud?
What’s the significance of drilling mud?
Can you describe drill-stem testing?
What is hydraulic fracturing?
Can you describe proppant and its use?
What is perforation in the context of oil well drilling?
Can you describe desanding and desilting?
What are the advantages of gas injection down the drill pipe?
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