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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.

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

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $114,000/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $54.81/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 380
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30
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    • Cooperation
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