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Petroleum Engineering Job Overview

Petroleum engineers specialize in extracting petroleum products, including oil and gas, from the earth. Their work focuses on design and development of equipment, methods, and techniques. They often work closely with geologists, industrial engineers, and other scientists to analyze the earth’s formation and determine appropriate drilling methods and equipment implementation. Specializations within this field include completions engineers, drilling engineers, production engineers, and reservoir engineers. Typical tasks include:

  • Designing drilling equipment that maximizes profit
  • Developing equipment that extracts more raw materials
  • Ensuring safe and proper equipment installation, operation, and maintenance

Petroleum Engineering Job Education Requirements

Petroleum engineers need a bachelor’s degree in engineering. While a degree in mechanical or chemical engineering may be sufficient, a degree in petroleum engineering is best. Employers also prefer that candidates complete cooperative engineering programs, which provide classroom study and hands-on experience. Some employers may require a master’s degree as well. Petroleum engineers who offer services to the public are required to obtain a license, which requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited engineering program, four years of work experience, and passing scores on both the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering exams.

Petroleum Engineering Job Market

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects job growth of 26 percent for petroleum engineers, which is much faster than average growth through 2022. The large number of engineers anticipated to retire over the next 10 years will lead to many job openings. The price of oil also contributes to growth in this field, as costs directly influence the complexity of oil extraction methods. Depleted resources and skyrocketing prices of raw materials drive the need for experienced petroleum engineers to develop methods for drilling in challenging environments and extracting more resources from existing wells.

Petroleum Engineering Job Salary Information

The average annual salary for petroleum engineers is about $130,000, according to the BLS, making this one of the highest paying engineering jobs. The highest 10 percent in this field earn over $187,000 per year. The most lucrative industries are oil and gas extraction, enterprise management, architectural services, and petroleum products manufacturing. Petroleum engineers tend to work longer hours, with typical weeks lasting 50 to 60 hours of work. Much of this extra time can be attributed to travel to and from work sites for regular or emergency visits. When working onsite, petroleum engineers often rotate, with 84 hours on duty followed by 84 hours off duty.

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Job Description Zachry Exploration, LLC, an affiliated company of Zachry Holdings, Inc., is a privately held, conventional upstream oil and gas exploration and production organization engaged primarily in the Gulf Coast area of the United States. It is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas as are it's affiliated companies. Zachry participates in a wide range of the industrial sector including tradi...
My client has an exceptional opportunity for an experienced Process Engineer to fulfill a key position in its Philadelphia petroleum refining operations. Job Description: In this role, you will provide optimization and troubleshooting of daily refinery process operations. This includes identifying opportunities for process improvement and developing improvement projects to capitalize on these opp...
Saudi Aramco offers experienced engineers the opportunity to develop and manage world-class fields, reservoirs and reserves. We are looking for experienced professionals to join us at our state-of-the-art Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to manage some of the world’s largest on-shore and off-shore oil and gas fields. Our petroleum engineers conduct pioneering r...
Saudi Aramco offers experienced engineers the opportunity to develop and manage world-class fields, reservoirs and reserves. We are looking for experienced professionals to join us at our state-of-the-art Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to manage some of the world’s largest portfolio of on-shore and off-shore oil and gas fields. Our petroleum engineers conduct...
The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science seeks candidates for teaching positions (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Professor of Practice) to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of Petroleum Engineering. These are full-time, benefits-eligible faculty positions on the non-tenure track. Competitive candidates will have the training and experience necessary...
The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science seeks candidates for teaching positions (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Professor of Practice) to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of Petroleum Engineering. These are full-time, benefits-eligible faculty positions on the non-tenure track. Competitive candidates will have the training and experience necessary...
Petroleum Engineering Intern in SAN ANTONIO, TX - US Job Description Zachry Exploration, LLC, an affiliated company of Zachry Holdings, Inc., is a privately held, conventional upstream oil and gas exploration and production organization engaged primarily in the Gulf Coast area of the United States. It is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas as are it's affiliated companies. Zachry participates i...
Job Title: Laboratory Technician II – Petroleum Engineering/Geology Job Location: Houston , Texas Intertek’s Exploration and Production team provides pioneering analytical and scientific services and consultancy along the entire oil and gas value chain, from reservoir to refinery. Our unrivalled blend of exploration and production solutions range from testing, training, and consultancy to manpow...
Bringing Science Solutions to the World! Position Summary: The Earth Sciences Division is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in hydrogeology or petroleum engineering and a strong interest in modeling of groundwater/multiphase flow and transport. The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and will require strong motivation and exc...
Saudi Aramco, long known for its leadership in oil exploration, production, and refining, is seeking experienced professionals to join our growing Unconventional Resources Exploration Department. We have an immediate requirement for experienced G&G and PE professionals with relevant Unconventional Upstream IT support and data management expertise. Of primary interest is experience in data manageme...
Quantum Reservoir Impact Houston, TX, 77020
Analyst, Petroleum Engineering Petroleum Engineer Houston, TX, United States Requirements B.Sc. (PhD or Masters preferred) with >3.5 GPA from a notable oil & gas institution (e.g., Stanford, UT, Texas A&M, Colorado School of Mines) At least 3 consecutive years of international oil company (IOC) experience (e.g., ExxonMobil, COP, Chevron, Shell or BP) 5+ years of upstream industry experience...
Quantum Reservoir Impact Houston, TX, 77020
At QRI, Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists work in integrated teams to solve complex Reservoir Management challenges. As a Petroleum Technician, you will be an integral part of the team. Your responsibility will be to build and maintain a centralized database used by the team members to perform their analyses. The datasets required to perform engineering analyses are large, complex and diverse...
Verdugo Hills Health Services Los Angeles, CA, 90009
The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California seeks to fill one new tenure-track faculty position at Assistant or Associate Professor level for its Petroleum Engineering Program in the Viterbi School of Engineering, which is among the top 10 engineering schools in the nation. The successful candidate is expected to develop innovat...
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA, 90009
The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California seeks to fill one new tenure-track faculty position at Assistant or Associate Professor level for its Petroleum Engineering Program in the Viterbi School of Engineering, which is among the top 10 engineering schools in the nation. The successful candidate is expected to develop innovat...
STAFFENGINEER COMPANY The Company is part of a multibillion dollar international company. The Company provides engineering, project management, geological, regulatory, and procurement services primarily to companies using hazardous waste injection and hydrocarbon storage wells. Similar services are provided to petroleum industry, carbon capture/sequestration projects. Projects are mainly in Nort...
PetroCap is a leading provider of private equity capital to the upstream oil and gas industry. The firm was founded in 1992 in Dallas, Texas and currently has over $400 million of committed equity capital. The team is made up of petroleum engineers, operations managers, geologists, landmen and finance specialists. PetroCap makes direct investments in onshore oil and gas projects located in the U.S...
Move your financial career forward Petroleum Engineer (Financial/Banking) Houston Based Attractive base with an exceptional bonus structure Hays Oil & Gas are representing one of the world's largest financial institutions in their search for a Petroleum Engineer. This position will be within the business's Houston based Energy & Resources team, a team consisting of professionals in Reservoir/ ...
Position Director - Petroleum Engineer, reporting to Senior Partner. The position is additive to a well-established partnership and will be a key member in growing the business. The position, being one of three transaction professionals, will have a significant impact on the partnership profitability. There is substantial economic upside to the position through equity incentive units. Primary Du...
Job Description Zachry Exploration, LLC, an affiliated company of Zachry Holdings, Inc., is a privately held, conventional upstream oil and gas exploration and production organization engaged primarily in the Gulf Coast area of the United States. It is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas as are it's affiliated companies. Zachry participates in a wide range of the industrial sector including tradi...
Adecco Employment Services San Francisco, CA
A Petroleum Engineer job in Boulder, CO is available through Adecco Engineering and Technical, a division of the world leader in the recruitment of engineering and information technology professionals. This is a Direct Hire/Permanent Placement opportunity with a leading international oil, gas, and mining company. The successful candidate will be a Reservoir or Petroleum Engineer who is able to qui...

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