What to Expect
Students working towards an oil and gas engineering degree learn to use
sophisticated technology to obtain some our most important energy resources.
Jennifer Jumonville took the program at Texas A and M University. She earned
valuable experience towards her career by interning in the oil industry for
three summers. Once, she interned with Conoco Inc. in Lafayette, Louisiana,
as a member of the deepwater drillship team. She spent time on the ship
during critical drilling operations.
A few years ago, she performed operator duties while working offshore.
She learned the roles of oilfield operators and assisted engineers while developing
teamwork skills. She also observed wire-line operations, logging runs and
daily platform operations.
Jumonville's classes included drilling, well completion and stimulation,
reservoir integration and electrical engineering.
Her favorite part of the program was the people she met. "The petroleum
engineering department is relatively small and this gives the students
the opportunity to really get to know one another," she says.
On average, she spent about two to five hours a day doing homework.
"It is important to use your university's resources and work in a team atmosphere
whenever possible," she says.
Chance Jackson worked in the oil and petroleum industry for five years
before enrolling at Texas A and M University for formal study. "This program
is becoming more and more oriented around a computer and various types of
software," he says.
"One should get as familiar as possible with computers and how to
run them, as your job will center around them."
How to Prepare
Jumonville encourages students to get to know the professors. "Take
advantage of the extra time that your professor is willing to give by visiting
his office hours, attending his work sessions and taking advantage of supplemental
instruction sessions that are offered," she says.
It also helps to get involved in the student chapter of the Society
of Petroleum Engineers. This organization offers field trips and expositions
sponsored by industry personnel. "Meet as many people in the industry as possible
because they are the ones who will hire you someday," says Jackson.