Petroleum & gas engineering technicians work in the extraction, production, and refining of both petroleum and gas. They generally work with engineers to find the safest and most efficient ways of obtaining natural gas and crude oil.
Depending on the employer and geographic location, petroleum & gas engineering technicians may work in a laboratory setting or on-site at the location where gas and petroleum will be extruded. They must also collaborate with engineers to devise the best ways to refine gas and petroleum into functional and usable products. Some of these technicians work within government agencies or testing facilities, as well.
Aspiring petroleum & gas engineering technicians should have at least an associate’s degree in a field relating to geochemical technology, petroleum technology, or mining. Many in this position have worked under the supervision of a more experienced technician before being hired to work alongside other engineers. Courses in mathematics, chemistry, and earth science are highly beneficial for this position, and it's important to be able to work well under pressure and in close proximity to substances which can be dangerous if mishandled.