Petroleum Technician

Also known as: Production Engineer

Petroleum Technicians job is to plan and manage the recovery of oil and gas from petroleum reservoirs.


  • Study geological and geophysical information to determine what type of drilling equipment and method of drilling would be the most efficient and cost effective, and plan the locations for drilling;
  • Assist in estimating the economic potential of oil and gas reserves by directing the testing of boreholes;
  • Identify the liquids or gases contained, the rate at which they can be recovered, and the temperatures and pressures that need to be dealt with;
  • Plan and conduct research and provide advice on engineering operations for the extraction of petroleum or natural gas;
  • Work out the best way to develop oil and gas reserves and to maximise recovery and profit;
  • Determine methods of controlling the flow of oil or gas from wells and keep records of production;
  • Plan ways to transport the oil and gas reserves to the seabed, including the use of downhole pumps and gaslift systems;
  • Study operating equipment, environmental problems and the treatment of oil to remove sediment and water;
  • Conduct operations and activities in accordance with environmental policies and codes;
  • Work safely and use any equipment provided for health and safety purposes; and
  • Monitor the necessary safety procedures and facilities for personnel working on the project.

Skills Required

  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities;
  • Willing to contribute and adhere to the safety requirements of the operation;
  • Able to identify, analyse and solve problems;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Aptitude for computing and design;
  • Practical and creative;
  • Able to work without supervision; and
  • Able to accept responsibility.


$100,000 - $130,000