Page 4: Oil and gas roles in the primary sector
Usually people involved in the exploration stage have qualifications in geology, geophysics or petrophysics. Skills in mathematics, engineering and computer science help develop and analyse geological models.
Angus McKay is a drilling engineer. He graduated in Mining Engineering and has a PhD in RockMechanics. He decided to leave the mining industry for a career in the oil and gas industry. He has since worked his way up the career ladder. On the way he has gained life experience and a number of new qualifications. Of his job, he says “I enjoy every day going to work. It”s a varied and mentally stimulating job with the high oil price creating a huge number of opportunities anywhere in the world.”
Designing exploration and extraction platforms needs architectural skills. Designing and maintaining equipment requires specific knowledge of chemical, design or mechanical engineering. Technicians working on the oil platforms may enter the profession on apprenticeships; others have degrees and join through graduate training schemes.
John-Robert Eunson was accepted onto a BP apprenticeship to train as a Mechanical Technician in 2002. He followed a two year college course in Mechanical Engineering with a two year work placement on Shetland. He is now working as an Operations Mechanical Technician for BP whilst studying for a degree with The Open University. John-Robert says “With the Modern Apprenticeship you”ve got a trade and work experience. If you go on to do a degree, not only do you get the degree qualification at the end of it, you still have the foundation of knowledge that the apprenticeship can give you.”
The safety standards set in the North Sea oil and gas industry are being reinforced around the world. This is thanks to UK energy workers like senior project engineer Bruce Duncan. Bruce is responsible for on- and offshore engineering procedures, pipeline operations and maintenance. His job has seen him work with people from different cultures around the world. Bruce says, “I always take the North Sea safety culture with me when working abroad and enforce it to the letter. I have never had any crew member injured in all my time offshore. In my view it has to be safety first - no compromise.”