Petroleum Engineer

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Petroleum Engineers or commonly known as ‘drilling engineers’ have been reported to be one of the highest-paying professionals as they are important in oil and gas production. These professionals are needed in the drilling process or known as the ‘upstream process’, making sure everything runs smoothly and no major accidents occur. Their job is mainly to bring the oil and gas to the surface, estimate its value and extract it in the most cost-efficient way. petroleum engineer_1

Market Demand

The demand for more energy will spur the need for petroleum engineers. Malaysia plans to intensify its output and meet energy demand over the next 10 years. With the decline of mature oil fields, oil search and production is expected to intensify by 2018. Thus, petroleum engineers are important in discovering new sources of energy.

Petroleum engineering graduates can find jobs in exploration and production companies such as Petronas, Shell, Chevron, Exxonmobile and others; oilfield service companies such as Halliburton and Schlumberger; and contractor companies. Petroleum engineers can become drilling engineers, production engineers, production operators, reservoir engineers and so on.

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A strong interest in mathematics, physics and chemistry is required to get into petroleum engineering degree programme. In this course, students will learn about basic geology and where petroleum engineering fits in. Concepts in chemical engineering and thermodynamics will also be covered.
Employers in the O&G industry usually look for individuals with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in petroleum, chemical or mechanical engineering, as well as other engineering disciplines with previous O&G experience.


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