Nikita Dike

I have heard that most of the Petroleum Engineers have hard life while working on site. Is that true?

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RE: I have heard that most of the Petroleum Engineers have hard life while working on site. Is that true?

Jyoti B Dhingra
Jyoti B Dhingra
Verified Career Expert
Career Consultant at Sun Productivity Inc
  • Mumbai


Petroleum Engineering is the field of engineering which studies the petroleum products and works on the extraction, purification and refining of those products. So you can understand that what you have heard is right.

Inspite of knowing the fact that it is a very hard working field ,more and more students are opting for Petroleum Engineering because of the salary which is much more than any other field.

Petroleum engineers work in the conditions which may be unpalatable for some.The first word of description of Petroleum engineering which i have written above is Extraction. Now extraction it self is a task which requires a lot of work to reach the final result .So to get into this field you need a different bend of mind.

Petroleum engineers spend long stretches of time sitting in offices studying maps and data often by them selves.

They work in remote and inhospitable locations , so comforts are out of question.If some body is in the habit of frequent interactions, then this field is not for him. They work for 40-60 hours in a week, spend long hours travelling to and fro from the site.

They even design equipment to extract oil and gas in the most profitable way.Develop ways to inject water chemicals, gases or steam into an oil reserve to force out more of the oil. Develop plans to drill in oil and gas fields and then to recover the oil and gas.They make sure that wells, well testing and well surveys are completed and evaluated. Along with all these tasks ,there is so much more which requires hard work and energy see the result of all the activities.

A person with strong work ethics , dependability, adaptability and responsibility can go for this field. He needs to be honest , self motivated, loyal and should have strong self confidence.He should understand professionalism.He should be able to build an organization based on values.Should have excellent interpersonal skills.

Along with all the above qualities , it is very important to be able to with stand any adversities whatsoever to keep on going with the job like this.One needs to be head strong to go into this field , otherwise it is not possible.

I hope i have answered your question well and you will use it to your advantage.


RE: I have heard that most of the Petroleum Engineers have hard life while working on site. Is that true?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
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Career Consultant at Pinnacle School of Business Management
  • Thane


Greeting's for the day!!!

Despite the fact that petroleum engineering is an attractive and high paying career option, not much information is available on it. Typically, a petroleum engineering graduate is given the job to discover natural sources of oil and examine the same. Similarly, developing the latest machines and equipments which can be used in the extraction and processing of oil is part of the job of a petroleum engineer. PEtroleum engineers have global career and are hired by global oil companies.

The petroleum engineering is divided into 2 parts:
1. Upstream Sector:
Consists of acivities like exploration, production, and exploitation of oil and natural gases. After gaining a qualification in petroleum engineering, the engineers work in the exploration and production activities of petroleum and other related products. Using the latest drilling technology and geophysics for the exploration of oil reservoirs, they exploit the same for maximum output.

2. Downstream Sector:
Cosnsit activities such as the refining, marketing and distrbuting of petroleum products. Production is not the only work carried out in a petroleum company and the job of petroleum engineer does not get over as the oil is produced, rather, it starts at this stage. Refining process is crucial for an oil product as then only it can be used. Marketing and distrbuting department may require a petroleum engineer to have some management degree.

As most of the time, the petroleum engineers have to be on production site, due to various activities involved.
Also most of the times, petroleum engineers needs to work on deadlines, so you must be able to work under pressure.

Job Prospects:
Career prospects are quite attractive in petroleum sector as petroleum companies have great influence and offer attractive salaries to employees. The demand for petroleum gna petroleum products is only expected to increase and the increase would lead to creation of new jobs. In fact, there is great demand forefficient petroleum engineers and almost every young graduate in petroleum engineering gets a job offer from petrol and gas companies from India and Overseas.

Whereas private petroleum companies offer attarctive salaries to petroleum engineers, government sector oil companies are not far behind in terms of paying attractive salaries and bonuses to employees.

Pay Packet:
As in every other industry, remuneration in petroleum engineering is determined according to the knowledge, skills, qualification, capabilities and experience of the candidate. Moreover, if the candidate is from top notch engineering college he may get a job which can pay salary between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000 per month.

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