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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Chemical Engineering

Oil and gas engineering focuses on finding innovative, economical and environmentally sustainable ways to explore, develop and produce oil and gas. The industry is growing and evolving and offers many exciting career opportunities.

Our school’s location in Calgary, the energy capital of Canada, gives us strong connections to the oil and gas industry. Our professors understand the industry’s needs and challenges, which means students graduate with knowledge and skills that are valuable and relevant.

As an oil and gas engineer, your work could include evaluating reservoirs using reservoir description and modeling techniques, overseeing drilling operations or designing hydrocarbon production and treatment facilities.

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Knowledge of technologies specific to oil and gas exploration and production, geological principles, principles of energy and mass conservation, thermodynamics
  • Critical thinking and complex problem solving
  • Data analysis, evaluation and interpretation
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Teamwork and project management

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Exploitation Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Integrity Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Offshore Drilling Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Petroleum Well Completion Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Pipeline Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer

Potential Industries

  • Business
  • Drilling
  • Economics
  • Engineering Consulting Firms
  • Facilities
  • Government
  • Management
  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Recovery
  • Production
  • Refined Products
  • Research and Educational Institutions
  • Reservoir
  • Subsea Operations
  • Transportation
  • Well Logging or Testing Companies


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Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Engineering Student Centre
Engineering Block C 205
T: 403.220.5732

Engineering Career Centre
Engineering Block C 205
T: 403.220.3089


Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020