21332 – Petroleum engineers

Broad Occupation Category

2 - Natural and applied sciences and related occupations.


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Broad Occupation Category

213 – Professional occupations in engineering

Broad Occupation Category

2133 – Natural resources engineers

Petroleum engineers conduct studies for the exploration, development and extraction of oil and gas deposits; and plan, design, develop and supervise projects for the drilling, completion, testing and re-working of oil and gas wells. They are employed by petroleum producing companies, consulting companies, well logging or testing companies, government, and research and educational institutions.

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Example Titles

  • Oil and gas drilling engineer

  • Oil and gas production engineer

  • Petroleum engineer

  • Petroleum reservoir engineer

  • Petroleum well completion engineer

  • Petroleum engineer

  • Subsea engineer

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct feasibility assessment studies for developing new oil and gas fields

  • Direct and monitor oil and gas drilling operations

  • Develop drilling programs, select sites and specify drilling fluids, bit selection, drill stem testing procedures and equipment

  • Direct and monitor the completion and evaluation of wells, well testing and well surveys

  • Design and select artificial lift machinery, and well and surface production equipment and systems, and specify programs for corrosion control and oil or gas treatment

  • Develop specifications for and monitor and supervise well modification and stimulation programs to maximize oil and gas recovery

  • Analyze reservoir rock and fluid data to design optimum recovery methods and to predict reservoir performance and reserves

  • Monitor and forecast oil and gas reservoir performance and recommend oil recovery techniques which extend the economic life of wells

  • Design, develop and coordinate the installation, maintenance and operation of subsea well-head and production equipment.

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.

  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.

  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).

  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.