CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Petroleum Engineers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Petroleum Engineers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice. Assess costs and estimate the production capabilities and economic value of oil and gas wells, to evaluate the economic viability of potential drilling sites.
 
Monitor production rates, and plan rework processes to improve production.
 
Analyze data to recommend placement of wells and supplementary processes to enhance production.
 
Specify and supervise well modification and stimulation programs to maximize oil and gas recovery.
 
Direct and monitor the completion and evaluation of wells, well testing, or well surveys.
 
Assist engineering and other personnel to solve operating problems.
 
Develop plans for oil and gas field drilling, and for product recovery and treatment.
 
Maintain records of drilling and production operations.
 
Confer with scientific, engineering, and technical personnel to resolve design, research, and testing problems.
 
Write technical reports for engineering and management personnel.
 
Evaluate findings to develop, design, or test equipment or processes.
 
Assign work to staff to obtain maximum utilization of personnel.
 
Interpret drilling and testing information for personnel.
 
Design and implement environmental controls on oil and gas operations.
 
Coordinate the installation, maintenance, and operation of mining and oil field equipment.
 
Supervise the removal of drilling equipment, the removal of any waste, and the safe return of land to structural stability when wells or pockets are exhausted.
 
Inspect oil and gas wells to determine that installations are completed.
 
Simulate reservoir performance for different recovery techniques, using computer models.
 
Take samples to assess the amount and quality of oil, the depth at which resources lie, and the equipment needed to properly extract them.
 
Coordinate activities of workers engaged in research, planning, and development.
 
Design or modify mining and oil field machinery and tools, applying engineering principles.
 
Test machinery and equipment to ensure that it is safe and conforms to performance specifications.
 
Conduct engineering research experiments to improve or modify mining and oil machinery and operations.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Petroleum Engineers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Petroleum Engineers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Petroleum Engineers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Petroleum Engineers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer Modelling Group CMG STARS Analytical or scientific software
 
DFA Capital Management GEMS Financial analysis software
 
Eclipse SDX Analytical or scientific software
 
GeoGraphix ARIES Portfolio Financial analysis software
 
IBM Lotus Notes Electronic mail software
 
IHS PETRA Analytical or scientific software
 
IHS QUE$TOR Financial analysis software
 
Landmark Graphics TOW/cs Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office Visio Charting software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Neotec WELLFLO Analytical or scientific software
 
Primavera Systems software Project management software
 
Schlumberger PVTi Analytical or scientific software
 
Schlumberger Petrel Analytical or scientific software
 
TERRASCIENCES TerraStation Analytical or scientific software
 
TRC Consultants PHDWin Analytical or scientific software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Well Flow Dynamics Wellflow Analytical or scientific software
 
eProduction Solutions PanSystem Analytical or scientific software
 
Computer scanners Scanners
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Petroleum Engineers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Petroleum Engineers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Automation Engineer
Chief Engineer
Completion Engineer
Completions Engineer
Design Engineer
Drilling Engineer
Drilling Manager
Engineer
Engineering Consultant
Exploration Engineer
Facilities Engineer
Field Engineer
Logging Engineer
Mining and Oil Field Equipment Design Engineer
Mining and Oil Field Equipment Test Engineer
Mining and Oil Well Equipment Research Engineer
Mud Analysis Supervisor
Mud Analysis Well Logging District Supervisor
Mud Engineer
Natural Gas Engineer
Oil Drilling Engineer
Oil Exploration Engineer
Oil Well Engineer
Oil Well Services Superintendent
Operations Engineer
Operations Manager
Petroleum Engineer
Petroleum Production Engineer
Petroleum Supply Specialist
Process Engineer
Production Engineer
Project Drilling Engineer
Project Production Engineer
Project Reservoir Engineer
Prospecting Observer
Research Chief Engineer
Reservoir Engineer
Reservoir Engineering Consultant
Reservoir Engineering Manager
Rig Site Engineer
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Test Engineer
Well Logging Captain
Well Logging Mud Analysis Captain
Well Site Drilling Engineer
Well Surveying Engineer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Petroleum Engineers
 
 
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