Navtej Kohli – Working in Oil and Gas Industry

Working in Oil and Gas Industry

by N.Kohli – President, Granox Ltd.

European Petroleum production, particularly in the oil sands region, has grown dramatically in recent years, and industry experts say that this trend will continue for decades to come. Growing populations, burgeoning industries and increased energy consumption around the world have created a greater need of workers.

Workers from across Europe and around the globe have found rewarding careers in oil and gas industry. The unique opportunity of long-term careers and competitive compensation have made careers in oil and gas a very attractive option for many people. There are hundreds of challenging positions in this industry that has an impact on everyone every day. With jobs available for every skill set and at every education level, there really is something for everyone in the oil and gas industry.

Here is a sample of career paths, and the skills you’ll need to be successful:

Skilled Labourers : Many of these challenging jobs don’t require academic credentials higher than a high-school diploma. People may be employed by drilling, oilfield servicing and some pipeline companies.

Facility Operators: Operator jobs, such as seismic, drilling rig and heavy equipment operators, typically involve operating control systems and equipment related to the facilities, heavy equipment, rigs, wells and pipelines.

Maintenace Experts: Experts like crane operators, industrial electricians, machinists and welders, are typically involved in the industry’s day to day functions, or work in maintenance roles where they do the work necessary to keep facilities and equipment in good repair and reliable working order.

Certified Technicians: jobs usually involves the installation, operation, servicing, monitoring, troubleshooting and fixing of equipment used in the upstream petroleum industry.

Certified Technologists: Technologists usually provide technical support to professional engineers.

Geosciences Professionals: Geologists and geophysicists use chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to locate and analyze mineral, geothermal and petroleum deposits. They also study, analyze and interpret data relating to seismic forces.

Engineers: Engineers work in all parts of the industry, including exploration, extraction, production, architectural designs and transportation.

Marine and Nautical Services: Employees may work on floating drilling and production facilities, supply and standby vessels, seismic and chase vessels, petroleum product carriers/tankers and tugs.

Specialty Business Services: This group supports the petroleum industry’s main business. Areas of support include air transportation, health and safety, surface/mineral rights acquisition, regulatory affairs and stakeholder relations.



  1. Nice post, Tej. i like to read your explanation about working in oil and gas industry. I’am a mechanical engineering from ITB, Indonesia. Working in Oil and Gas Industry is great (experience, job, and the money of course). Are you a petroleum or mechanical engineer?

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