Types of Oil Jobs

Published: 22/12/2009

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The oil and gas industry has many unique and varied employment opportunities. This industry has many diverse fields of experience that constantly require more trained and experienced personnel to help keep the industry going.

With the exploration phases in pursuit of oil and gas deposits around the world, the oil companies need highly skilled and degreed personnel who can take topographical and geological maps and tests and determine from the where deposits are likely to be found. These technicians also must be able to tell which deposits will yield the best results in relation to the costs of drilling and refining the crude oil product. This is why these technicians are so valuable to the oil companies. The companies can save millions of dollars by having the best geologists and engineers on their payroll.

Once viable deposits have been found the production of the crude oil is usually carried out on land-based wells or oil-drilling platforms out at sea. The wells on land have many specialized needs for personnel including petroleum engineers, truckers, oil rig toolpushers, roughnecks and many other types of personnel with specialized training or experience in the industry. The same types of specialized personnel are required on the oil rig platforms at sea, but with many other types of personnel required due to the extreme conditions and location of the work. Safety personnel responsible for the workers are much more in need on an isolated platform in the middle of a harsh sea environment. The logistics of having enough food and materials on the platform before the weather makes transport near to impossible is very important too. This takes a lot of planning and organizing by the personnel in charge of maintaining the needs of the oil rig platform.

Once the crude oil is delivered to the refinery, whether by tanker, train, truck or pipeline, the personnel responsible for refining the crude oil down into its component parts take over. These chemical engineers, transport specialists, and other personnel make sure that the crude oil is passed through the many refining phases that will create the marketable materials the oil and gas industry is known for. They produce everything from diesel , gasoline, and other fuels to the chemical materials needed to create the range of plastic items that we all use. All of these products are created from the crude oil. The gases and other materials that are produced by these refining methods are also taken off and saved in pressurized tanks for shipment to other industries that refine the materials down even further. Very little is wasted in the refining phase of the industry. The many materials that are created and pulled out of the crude oil are further refined along the way by other industries. Petrochemical engineers, transport specialists and other refinery personnel are always in demand to work in the many thousands of oil refineries around the world.