What comes to your mind when you think of Petroleum Engineers? Is it just hard skills? Did you ever think of a Petroleum Engineer as an artist? To speak the truth, they are. Because it is not just about extracting oil but devising methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production.
Oil and Gas professionals who specialize in creating, designing and developing various methods of oil and gas extraction, are PetroleumEngineers. They also focus on the exploration and estimation of extractable oil from new reservoirs.
It is remarkable how Petroleum Engineers have made oil extraction easy, cost-effective and, also making consistent efforts to reduce its impact on the environment. We have outlined some of the most sought after skills in a petroleum Engineer in this blog.
Must Have Skills for a Petroleum Engineer
Strong Technical and Analytical Skills
It is everywhere in the office. You don’t need to learn it inside out, but become familiar with it, most of the formulas you need will be found quite easily through a quick Google search. Learn about how to run Macros/VBAs and Index Match functions among others.
Presentations. Showing confidence and an ability to present technical information in a clear and easy to follow format is a must in the petroleum industry. It’s fairly typical to have to present to your mentors and co-workers on a regular basis (monthly or fortnightly). Toastmasters is great for developing this skill.
Petroleum Engineers have to work closely with other technical departments and co-ordinate with teams. On the ground, it is important that petroleum engineers have a strong collaboration with other professionals. Since they are practically the part of all levels of industrial extraction of oil and gas, including research, evaluation, development, and production, team-working skills have a crucial role to play in determining the impact of their work.
The oil and gas employers are looking for solution-oriented people. Considering the existing challenges and the new ones that arrive with the industry going digital. Being an integral part of the oil and gas value chain, Petroleum Engineers are expected to think beyond the limitations. With an innovative mindset and problem-solving skills, Petroleum Engineers can make a huge impact.
Ability to work under pressure
The ability to work under pressure is a very strong skill that is highly valued in the oil and gas industry. As a Petroleum Engineer, it is very important to keep calm amid all the chaos happening around you. If you are at the forefront, your co-workers look up to you.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)