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Petroleum Engineering Overview - The Field - Preparation - Day In The Life - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations - Overview PowerPoint - Overview Podcast


Petroleum engineers design methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth. Once these resources have been discovered, petroleum engineers work with geologists and other specialists to understand the geologic formation and properties of the rock containing the reservoir, to determine the drilling methods to be used, and to monitor drilling and production operations.

They design equipment and processes to achieve the maximum profitable recovery of oil and gas.

Because only a small proportion of oil and gas in a reservoir flows out under natural forces, petroleum engineers develop and use various enhanced recovery methods, including injecting water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reservoir to force out more of the oil and doing computer-controlled drilling or fracturing to connect a larger area of a reservoir to a single well.

Because even the best techniques in use today recover only a portion of the oil and gas in a reservoir, petroleum engineers research and develop technology and methods for increasing the recovery of these resources and lowering the cost of drilling and production operations.

Petroleum Engineering Resources

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Overview:
Overview of Petroleum Engineering
The Field:
Overview of Petroleum Sources, Refining, and Distribution
Preparation:
Admission Requirements, Accredited Programs
Day in the Life:
Teams and Coworkers, Tasks, the Workplace
Earnings:
Salary Ranges
Employment:
Statistics, Industries, Types of Employers
Career Path Forecast:
Predictions
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Podcast:
Overview of the field of Petroleum Engineering
Internet Resources:
American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
Energy Information Administration
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
Society of Petroleum Engineers

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Energy Information Administration.

 


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