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Environmental scientist to Petroleum Engineering 
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Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:04 am
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Post Environmental scientist to Petroleum Engineering
Hello All,

I am new to this forum and I hope some-one could point me in the right direction. I have a BSc and MSc in geology but have been working in different professions since finishing my BSc. I have five years experience as an environmental scientist but was laid off due to the recession. To be honest, while I was working as environmental scientist, I was not really happy because it involves loads of travelling and very little pay to show for it. I was barely getting by every month. My interest actually has always being in petroleum and not environment. I have been off work for almost three years due to starting a family and having to take care of my kids. I know at some point next year (2012), I might need to look for job or go back to school to upgrade my knowledge. I want to go into the petroleum industry and not environment, hence I need your advice.

I am looking into going for a two years applied degree in petroleum engineering technology (in Calgary, Canada) with courses in reservoir stimulation etc. Any advice on how best to make this kind of career change. I don't mind going back to school as it has been over 15years since I had my BSc and have forgotten so many things. I want to start preparing my self, hence I have decided to do some self study, what books can anyone recommend for me to buy. I would like to learn some software use in the oil and gas industry; how can I get trial versions of these software to download with manual. What software should I learn? Links to software download for trial versions and manuals would be very helpful.

Many thanks in advance


Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:40 am

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Post Re: Environmental scientist to Petroleum Engineering
You know what you want to do so you're half way there. Either apply for a job position or indeed go back to uni...

For software use you are a little limited at home as software is expensive and cracked software is out there but far from ideal. You could have a go at OpenDtect (free static modeling software), but on reservoir engineering software I have no info.


Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:09 pm

Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:04 am
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Post Re: Environmental scientist to Petroleum Engineering
Petrel_user wrote:
You know what you want to do so you're half way there. Either apply for a job position or indeed go back to uni...

For software use you are a little limited at home as software is expensive and cracked software is out there but far from ideal. You could have a go at OpenDtect (free static modeling software), but on reservoir engineering software I have no info.



Thanks for even reading my post and for advising. I try the openDtect. I hope I will be able to try it out. Any recommendation on books. I just bought this book'Practical Enhanced Reservoir Engineering: Assisted with Simulation Software from amazon (based on the review I read about it). Do you know any other books that I can get that would help me.

Thanks


Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:17 pm
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