Petroleum engineers are individuals who underwent petroleum engineering and have passed the course to get their strictly regulated professional license. The work that they do mostly involves oil and gas field evaluation, assessment and identification, efficient recovery of the hydrocarbons from identified reservoir, processing, and production of oil, gas, and its related byproducts. The basic aim of petroleum engineers is to reduce the cost oil companies spend on with oil and gas exploration, identification, recovery, processing, and production of petroleum product.
As with doctors having different field of specialization, petroleum engineers too have specific fields of expertise. These expertise areas are concentrated mainly on the stage or area the person has put emphasis in studying its field. These subgroups of petroleum engineering that every petroleum engineer is categorized or fall under based on their specialization are:
- Petroleum Geologists – they are the people who find and locate hydrocarbon deposits by studying, analyzing, and identifying earth structures through geological and geophysical pattern identification.
- Reservoir Engineers – they are the people that try to optimize oil and gas production through the proper placing of the well that will syphon and recover the oil within the reservoir.
- Production Engineers – they are the people who manage the reservoir and the well through the use and application of different tasks that enables effective and efficient production of oil and gas. Production engineers are also responsible for the monitoring of equipment and similar devices.
- Drilling Engineers – they are the people you assign to cohesively work with drilling contractors, drill project managers, and other drill group who have a particular role to play with the drilling project. Drilling engineers help mostly with the design aspect of the drilling work so that the drilling work can be accomplished effectively and with very minimal cost and possible delay to the project.
We are all very aware that energy is a very important aspect of our modern life. Without energy such as the ones generated by petroleum or fossil fuels, our busy and fast-paced lifestyle will suddenly go to a halt. The worse part in having difficulty with the supply of petrol is that every country will likely suffer from worsening inflation as the price of goods and commodities begin to spike up due to the difficulty not just in delivering their finished products, but also the difficulty in acquiring the raw materials businesses and manufacturers use in the making of their products.