- Entry level
- No Education
- Salary to negotiate
Petroleum engineers are responsible for the safe extraction of hydrocarbon deposits, such as oil and natural gas. This involves the planning and construction of boreholes (narrow holes drilled into the ground, used to locate resources) and oil wells (used to extract resources).
Typical responsibilities include:
analysing geological data
interpreting well-logging results (records of the geological formations penetrated by boreholes) to ascertain resource potential
ascertaining extraction risks, such as the areaâs potential for earthquakes
planning and supervising extraction sites
selecting and maintaining equipment
monitoring and evaluating reservoir performance
preparing reports and maps
developing oilfield production programmes
liaising with and advising managerial and technical staff
using specialist computer applications and mathematical models to maximise production.
Travel, both within the UK and abroad, is common within the profession and certain roles will require frequent travel to offshore facilities. Salaries can be very generous â often enhanced by large offshore and overseas bonuses. To find out more about how much you could earn as an engineer, head to our engineering salary round-up.