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Petroleum Engineer Career Advice

Petroleum Engineer Career Advice

Petroleum Engineer Career Advice

Hi all,

I am a Petroleum Engineering graduate from a top 10 ABET university(3.53 GPA).
I interned with a major service company as a field engineer with their artificial lift systems products.
My goal coming out of college was to be a Production Engineer with an operator.
Unfortunately I could not get my foot through the door with any operators(I only had 2 interview with operators. I've had a lot of people critique my resume. It seems fine)

The options I have in front of me now are
-MWD Field Engineer
-Wireline Field Engineer
-Productline Specialist(Sales) Artificial Lift Systems
-Go back to school and get MS and try to get an internship with an operator and subsequently a full time job.
-Take a temp job(roughneck/ yard hand) and keep looking for a job

If my goal is to be a production engineer or any position with an operator in 3-5 years, what would be the best bet?

Any advise/ outlook/ experience will help.

Thank in advance

RE: Petroleum Engineer Career Advice

Either MWD or Wireline would be great experience for a PE job. Selling pumps or an MS would be horrible experience. Most of the new PE's I meet these days have 2-5 years of interpreting logs in the armpits of the world. A sales guy with 3-5 years in the field is employable. A sales guy who only has (post graduating) sales experience is a sales guy who's never proven his ability. An MSPe is a liability (no experience post graduation and an expectation of being paid for the MS).

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

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