Careers with petroleum science and engineering

A degree in Petroleum Engineering can lead to a number of new and exciting opportunities. Below you’ll find lots of information about our graduates and their advice for you.

How has your degree helped you in your career?

“Studying at Manchester gave me an excellent education; the practical field trips gave me the basis I needed to make my first step into the oil industry. It was an invaluable experience."

Emin Ahmedzade, Petroleum Engineering (2013)

Top tip

"Make the most of your experience at Manchester and to try to get involved in the different societies and programmes on offer. These extra activities help you to have a stronger personality and develop your skills set."

- Sajeda Barni, Petroleum Engineering (2013)

Name: Marianna Sinakova

Degree: Petroleum Engineering

Job: Graduate Reservoir Engineer with British Petroleum

Marianna works for BP eveloping the modelling techniques for complex rock compaction functions. She initially secured a summer internship with BP whilst studying her UG degree before going on to study an MSc.

So far I have used most of the things that I studied on my course in my job. I can definitely say that I am well versed in the area that I am working in.

Marianna was very active during her time at Manchester and helped to set up the Petroleum Engineering Society as well as taking part in a number of other societies. She says that this helped her develop key skills such as leadership, and make new friends.

I found that whatever I wanted or needed to do, the University always supported me. I think it’s invaluable to have this support and for this I would strongly recommend coming to study at Manchester.

Some of the organisations our alumni are working in…

Accenture, Barclays, British Airways, British Petroleum, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Department of Environment, EnQuest, ExxonMobil, Manchester City Council , Maersk, Novus Petroleum Limited, Petrobras, Petroleum Development Oman, Santos Ltd, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Statoil, The Carbon Trust…

Name: Chris Forster

Degree: Petroleum Geoscience

Job: graduate Geologist for Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Chris works as a Geoscientist for Occidental in North Dakota, USA. After initially starting work off-shore near Aberdeen, Chris’ work has since taken him all over the world. Chris’ work involved researching and evaluating data from offset wells, planning data acquisition strategies, and pro-ducing geological prognosis documents.

"My degree played a major role in getting my dream job with Occidental Petroleum Corporation. The knowledge that I gained in more technical and ap-plied fields such as formation evaluation, wellsite geology, and seismic interpretation was vital.

Chris loves his job and says that coming to Manchester gave him the skills and knowledge he needed to build his career.

I very much enjoyed working in the thriving University environment and vibrant city. The wide range of technical subjects covered and the teaching input of both active academics and experienced industry professionals gave me a great edge in the graduate market.

Studying at Manchester didn't just give me the technical knowledge but it also developed some other important skills such as leadership, teamwork and responsibility. I loved my time at Manchester and I consider it as a second home.

- Sajeda Barni, Petroleum Engineering (2013)

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