Geological/petroleum technicians assist scientists and engineers in a variety of duties, some database-related and others more hands-on. Applicants for this position should be skilled at handling and managing data, including loading/entering, analysis, verification, and manipulation, and correcting and reporting data related to wells, seismic, leases etc. They should also be able to prepare maps, slides, montages, and other presentation-aides as needed to assist project-leaders. In addition, they may aid in production processes in the field such as analyzing mud and drill cuttings or charting pressure and temperature of wells.
This is occasionally an entry-level position which requires a minimum of an associate's degree, though applicants with a bachelor's degree in geology, chemical/mechanical engineering, or a related field may be preferred by some employers. Generally, these technicians work on multidisciplinary teams which may be called-upon to work on a variety of projects on a regular basis. Candidates should have strong multitasking skills, the ability to work well on teams, and strong verbal and written communication skills.
Geological / Petroleum Technician Tasks
Measure and record physical and geological conditions in oil or gas well.
Collect and examine geological data, test geological samples to determine element composition and locate mineral, oil and gas rich sites.
Support scientist and engineers in locating and extracting minerals, oils and natural gas.
Use a variety of tools and instruments to map and measure seismic activity and geological features such as fault lines.