Petroleum Engineers

Petroleum engineers locate oil and natural gas wells. After new locations of oil and natural gas are located, petroleum engineers work with geologists to determine the rock properties where drilling will occur, decide how the drilling will occur, and monitor the drilling. Petroleum engineers also design equipment used in oil extraction. Because only a small amount of oil is extracted from natural forces, petroleum engineers develop recovery methods. Such methods include injecting chemicals, water, or gasses into wells, pushing the oil to the surface. Engineers also use sophisticated computer equipment to operate drills. Since oil extraction is expensive, petroleum engineers design equipment intended to increase oil extraction and decrease costs. Work environment. Engineers usually work in factories, labs, or office buildings. Some monitor or coordinate operations at construction sites, gas exploration facilities, or industrial production facilities. Certain engineers frequently travel to worksites in the United States and around the world. Most engineers work 40 hour weeks. However, deadlines may require engineers to work longer hours.

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