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Petroleum Engineers - 17-2171.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Completion Engineer
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Petroleum Production Engineer
  • Project Production Engineer
  • Project Reservoir Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineering Consultant

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2170 Petroleum Engineers
17-2171.00 Petroleum Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Analyze data to recommend placement of wells and supplementary processes to enhance production.
  • Assess costs and estimate the production capabilities and economic value of oil and gas wells, to evaluate the economic viability of potential drilling sites.
  • Assign work to staff to obtain maximum utilization of personnel.
  • Assist engineering and other personnel to solve operating problems.
  • Conduct engineering research experiments to improve or modify mining and oil machinery and operations.
  • Confer with scientific, engineering, and technical personnel to resolve design, research, and testing problems.
  • Coordinate activities of workers engaged in research, planning, and development.
  • Coordinate the installation, maintenance, and operation of mining and oil field equipment.
  • Design and implement environmental controls on oil and gas operations.
  • Design or modify mining and oil field machinery and tools, applying engineering principles.
  • Develop plans for oil and gas field drilling, and for product recovery and treatment.
  • Direct and monitor the completion and evaluation of wells, well testing, or well surveys.
  • Evaluate findings to develop, design, or test equipment or processes.
  • Inspect oil and gas wells to determine that installations are completed.
  • Interpret drilling and testing information for personnel.
  • Maintain records of drilling and production operations.
  • Monitor production rates, and plan rework processes to improve production.
  • Simulate reservoir performance for different recovery techniques, using computer models.
  • Specify and supervise well modification and stimulation programs to maximize oil and gas recovery.
  • 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.
  • Take samples to assess the amount and quality of oil, the depth at which resources lie, and the equipment needed to properly extract them.
  • Test machinery and equipment to ensure that it is safe and conforms to performance specifications.
  • Write technical reports for engineering and management personnel.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Analyze physical, survey, or geographic data.
  • Collect samples of raw materials or finished products.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Design environmental control systems.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Direct design or development activities.
  • Direct energy production or management activities.
  • Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities.
  • Direct installation activities.
  • Direct quality control activities.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
  • Inspect equipment or systems.
  • Interpret design or operational test results.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use.
  • Research advanced engineering designs or applications.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Fuels and Lubricants Technical Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Petroleum Production Engineering Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief Engineer
  • Chief Engineer, Research
  • Design Engineer, Mining-and-Oil-Field Equipment
  • District Supervisor, Mud-Analysis Well Logging
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Research Engineer, Mining-and-Oil-Well Equipment
  • Test Engineer, Mining-and-Oil-Field Equipment