1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2127-13 Petroleum Engineer

Plans and directs the engineering aspects of locating and extracting petroleum and natural gas from the earth.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • plans and conducts research and provides advice on engineering operations for the exploration, location and extraction of petroleum or natural gas
  • determines locations for drilling
  • decides on types of derrick and equipment, including seabed platforms
  • devises methods of controlling the flow of oil or gas from wells
  • compiles logs recording production from flowing wells
  • prepares plans of engineering operations and cost estimates
  • provides necessary safety procedures and facilities
  • consults with geologists, geophysicists and other engineers on the location, design and development of extractive processes
  • plans and implements protection and restoration of the environment

Specialisations:
Mud Engineer
Petrophysical Engineer

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