PETROLEUM ENGINEER

PETROLEUM ENGINEER

 

A BRIEF INTRO

Petroleum engineering is considered as one of the toughest career options for MBAs keeping in mind the audacity involved in drilling the black gold from the womb of mother earth. It is mainly related to the extraction of oil and/or natural gas. There are many connected activities included in the oil and gas industry like exploration of hydrocarbons. To become a Petroleum engineer, one has to acquire excellent knowledge of various other domains like economics, geography, physics, civil engineering aspects, lifts functioning, dangers involved in oil or gas exploration etc. Petroleum engineering is quite different from Petroleum refining.

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

Offshore  work life:

Morning 6 or 7 am: Get transported by a chopper to the unmanned or manned oil rig

7- 7:30 am: Planning for the day’s work schedule

8 – 8:30 am: Visit all the security points, checking the effectiveness of the security measures deployed. All this is done wearing protective gears like goggles and helmets

8:30 Р9 am: Undertake the inspection of the various machinery, valves, panels, boilers, containers, 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

For a fresher/ 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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