PETROLEUM ENGINEER

PETROLEUM ENGINEER

 

A BRIEF INTRO

Petroleum engineering is concerned with the subsurface activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, i.e. oil or natural gas. These are activities within the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry for example hydrocarbons exploration etc. Petroleum engineering requires a good knowledge of many other connected fields like geophysics, petroleum geology, formation evaluation (well logging), drilling, economics, artificial lift systems, and oil and gas facilities engineering. One should remember that petroleum refining is not petroleum engineering

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

Offshore  work life:

7 am: Go from manned platform to unmanned rig by a chopper

7:30 am: List out the day’s work

8 am: Scrutinize all the safety measures. Wear the necessary Gear like goggles and helmets

9 am: Inspect well-head valves and panels

10 am: Scrutinize tools and make them ready

10:30 am: Scrutinize exploration work, get data

1 pm: Lunch

2 pm: Work on

8 pm: Take chopper back to manned platform

8:30 pm: Call it a day

SALARY STRUCTURE

New Entrant pay is Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh a year. A petroleum engineer working in harsh conditions in remote areas, such as offshore drilling sites, is compensated well. His pay is around 2 times than that of his counterparts in other core sectors. Those with suitable qualifications and qualities earn two-three times as much

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Be tech-savvy
  • High skill with machinery
  • Love for action and a knack for maintaining the functioning of various equipment smooth even in challenging situations or emergencies
  • Ability to handle tough work conditions

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

Study science in 12th with physics, chemistry and mathematics. After Class XII, you will have to take entrance tests like IIT-JEE, AIEEE etc, for admission to various institutes. Do a four-year BTech programme. You may then go for MTech and later PhD

RELATED WEBSITES

  • Indian School of Mines, ismdhanbad.ac.in
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, gujarat pdpu.ac.in
  • MIT- mitpune.com
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, UP, upes.ac.in
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology-UP rgipt.in

PROS AND CONS

  • The job is challenging
  • Exposure to the latest technology
  • Salary & Perks are very high
  • You get experience of a large variety of activities
  • You will have to work in remote locations
  • Extended duty hours offshore
  • Physically strenuous
  • Somewhat risky
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