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which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

(OP)
Hi,
I am a recent employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas sector and I graduated from college last December. Kindly, advise me with which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about or should start learning about? your reply would be more than helpful and appreciated.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

Basically all of the standards that are applicable to you area of engineering/country/Locality.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

If you can find a design report or similar that will list the relevant codes in your country / location.

however you can't go far wrong with ASME B 31.3 (Piping) as a start - pretty universal in oil and gas wherever you are.
ASME B 16.5 (flanges)
B 16.9 (fittings)
B36.10 ( standard pipe sizes)
B 16.34 ( valves)


B 31.3 also gives a lot of other referenced codes so take your pick

Other good ones depending on what you do are
API 610 - Centrifugal pumps
API 650 (atmospheric tanks)
API 620 Pressurised tanks
API 660 Shell and tube Heat Exchangers

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RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

LittleInch's list is missing at least two, assuming you're in the US- if not, then local versions thereof:


ASME VIII pressure vessel code
NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

All respects guys but he needs to define which area of mechanical engineering he is practicing in and where he is located before a list of Standards can be provided. For example ASME B31.3 or ASME VIII is no good if he is located in Germany or the EU.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

B31.3 is pretty universal in Oil and Gas in my experience.

Agree about the PV code.

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RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

If you are in production and transportation but not refining, B31.4 and B31.8 would also prove helpful.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

True. So what is it MEEnngg?

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RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

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For example ASME B31.3 or ASME VIII is no good if he is located in Germany or the EU.
I dont agree. Fortunately, most of the 'pressure equipment work' done in the EU is still based on ASME, esp. for (larger) oil&gas company specs. Furthermore, the EN codes, especially EN 13480 are still rather challenging to use due to bugs, indeficiencies, economical aspects (e.g. only few mills make decent EN fittings), code organization, updates to the code, etc. Therefore, starting of with ASME codes gives a new engineer, regardless of location, a good understanding of how codes works, are written, organized and maintained.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

And then you can do a lot of work ... outside of Germany.

Technology is stealing American jobs. Stop H1-Bs for robots.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

Who says Im in?

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

BI,
Quite a Smart Ass reply there!!!

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

(OP)
Sorry guys for not clarifying this, I am a gas operation engineer in Kuwait oil Company. As I have been told that the company is following the American codes and standards for their process.

Thanks a lot, your replies are more than appreciated.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

(OP)
Let me clarify this more. KOC is a huge upstream company in middle east, and they as a start put me in gas operation team and they put me in a structured (on job training) about maintenance and operation at the same time for two years from now. So, I was asking which standards should I start learning relating to this field of work.

Thank you,

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

Gas Ops covers a lot of areas, but you could do worse than reading properly ( no one normally does) the operating and maintenance manuals for the various bits of kit you're responsible for, especially the large rotating machinery. Most of the codes above are a bit of a dry read and based around design.

The other good items to dig out and have a copy of are the P &IDs of your plant, again learn to read and understand what all the symbols mean, and the control and operating philosophy / design docs.

If people start to think you know where the information is, then you become the "go to" man and you'll get involved in lots of different issues.

Good luck.

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Also: If you get a response it's polite to respond to it.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

(OP)
LittleInch

Thank you very much, I appreciated it.

RE: which standards should an early employed mechanical engineer in oil and gas industry know about?

Not meant to be a smartass reply, just the truth according to my personal experience. I have yet to use any EN code although I have worked outside the USA since 1985. Correcct. Not in Germany. I have used more FSU country codes.

Technology is stealing American jobs. Stop H1-Bs for robots.

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