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To: MuttTheHoople; thackney
"I'd like to do engineering work"

Then why go work in the patch? A petroleum engineering degree is the next best thing to a winning lottery ticket these days. I'd check the "career" section of company websites for the majors (Shell, Marathon, Anadarko), or get in contact with the local SPE chapters in the areas you'd like to move to. At very worst, you could probably land a (well-paid) internship while you work on your P.E. license. They're recruiting just about anyone with an engineering degree (not just PE degrees).

You may have to move to one of the hubs if you're not already living there. Denver, Dallas, Houston, OKC.

My cousin works as a lead driller up in Williston. They fly him back and forth from Colorado and they put him up in his own trailer at the drill site. But he's been working his way up the ladder for 15 years.

This is his advice if you're dead-set on spending some time in the patch:

Pack your stuff, and head on up. Buy a copy of the local paper and start making calls when you hit town. You'll have a job before sundown the next day. Take your own housing with you, or housing costs will eat you alive. Make sure you take a pickup and a camper or a travel trailer. Make sure your camper has a shower too, because public showers run anywhere from $10-$20 a pop. You don't need contacts in the biz to land a job up there. Just a good back, a driver's license, and a (reasonably) clean criminal history and urine stream. You will probably have to start out as a mudder. That's where everybody starts out. Unless you have some top-notch metalworking and mechanical skills, in which case you might catch on with a well service outfit.

(pinging thackney who may have some ideas as well)
40 posted on 01/30/2013 5:32:13 PM PST by CowboyJay (Lowest Common Denominator 2012 - because liberty and prosperity were overrated)
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To: CowboyJay

I already have my Civil Engineering License.


56 posted on 02/01/2013 10:43:57 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: CowboyJay
Check your Freep Mail. I got a Petroleum Engineering license, and worked offshore before, but I haven't been in the patch since 1986. Would companies want to hire a 50 year old man who's been a highway engineer (Geotechnical specialty) for over 20 years? Are they in the mood to get me up to date with the new technology?

I like a mix of office/field work. I like the times when I can come in and get my work done behind a desk, but I also enjoy being out in the field solving problems on site.

I understand that there ARE Oil and support companies who need Geotechnical engineers. I definitely have experience in that.

58 posted on 02/03/2013 4:39:03 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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