An Industry Look at the Petroleum Engineering Curricula
- Dean Rietz (Ryder Scott Company) | Mohamed Soliman (University of Houston) | Adam Cagle (Ryder Scott Company)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 30 September - 2 October, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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- Document Type
- Conference Paper
- 2019. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Academics, Petroleum Engineering, Curricula, workforce, Survey
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During the last few years, the petroleum industry has been experiencing significant changes in various areas including, workforce, targets of exploration, application of (new) technologies, and general operational areas of focus. A prolonged depression of oil prices, changes in geopolitical atmosphere, the rise of investment in unconventional resources, as well as the implementation of emerging technologies (including digital) have been the primary catalysts of change within the industry. In terms of workforce, these changes have produced leaner organizations, along with the unintended consequence of losing some critical expertise and creating knowledge-gaps at many organizations. The changes, particularly in technology, necessitate a look at the need for the acquisition of new skills, for current and future petroleum engineers, that match new areas of interest – such as data analytics and artificial intelligence.
As the oil industry continues to evolve, it is imperative for academic organizations to consider these changing dynamics and be responsive. This paper outlines the results of a recent survey that targeted industry managers or supervisors who have direct experience with newly minted petroleum engineering graduates (less than five years of experience). The survey asked the participants their opinions regarding the preparedness of recent graduates as they enter the workforce. The survey's intent was to identify the potential need to modify the skills and knowledge currently acquired in academic institutions during the undergraduate study.
A comprehensive survey that posed questions regarding classical and contemplated new petroleum engineering curriculum was sent to recipients, primarily within the reserves and reservoir-engineering sector. The recipients were industry professionals working in operating, service, financial, and consulting sectors of the petroleum industry. More than 200 responses were received. The tabulated results are presented in the paper, along with interpretation of the results. The raw data will be made available through OnePetro as an accompaniment to the published paper.
The paper presents the survey conclusions, proposed action items, and discusses plans for a follow-up survey.
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