The Energy4me blog staff recently caught up with SPE member Jennifer Miskimins and asked her thoughts on being a woman in the petroleum engineering field. She also offers excellent advice on being a volunteer for Energy4me. Check out her video here:
This week’s blog is courtesy of ChangetheEquation.org. Do you have students interested in engineering as a career? From a financial perspective, there are many benefits to STEM and pursuing a career in the many engineering disciplines. Read why below.
The median annual earnings of an engineer with a bachelor’s degree are $75,000.
In fact, 8 of the top 10 majors associated with the highest median earnings per year are in engineering:
- Petroleum engineering: $120,000
- Pharmacy sciences and administration: $105,000
- Mathematics and computer science: $98,000
- Aerospace engineering: $87,000
- Chemical engineering: $86,000
- Electrical engineering: $85,000
- Naval architecture and marine engineering: $82,000
- Mechanical engineering: $80,000
- Metallurgical engineering: $80,000
- Mining and mineral engineering: $80,000
Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (2011). New Report on the Economic Value of 171 College Majors Links College Majors to Earnings. [Press release]. Retrieved from http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/pressrelease.pdf. See also Carnevale, A.P., Melton, M. and Strohl, J (2011). What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
One of the foundational aspects of teaching is to find what students are good at, harness it, then expose them to opportunities that align with those talents. We came across a cool site, www.Ionfuture.org, that will assist you with your students regarding careers. iON Future lets students explore STEM careers, find the ones that best match their interests and then play their way to their dream STEM future – all in a fun, engaging, exciting way.
Share the exploration game with your students, then come back, tell us how it was received and about some of the popular careers selected!
By Marva Morrow, Educational Consultant
Question: What happens when 200 students and 100 science teachers converge on the exhibition of 2,500 companies representing 46 countries, including 200 new exhibitors and many from Bahrain, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania and New Zealand, to name a few?
On Thursday, 3 May 2012, Houston-area high school students and science teachers attended the Offshore Technology Conference’s Energy Education Institute to learn more and provide depth about the oil and gas industry.
Educators from the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) led hands-on science experiments showing how science and math relate to real-life applications in the industry. Students were then led on tours of the exhibit floor by volunteers from BP’s Challenge program. The young professionals hopped right into the experiments with the high school students and made the activities come alive. While touring the exhibits, an ”Interactive Energy Scavenger Hunt” took place, along with the opportunities to ask questions of industry professionals and view the amazing new offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. This prompted one student, Nathan Spann, a senior at Rosehill Christian School to make his career choice on the spot, by exclaiming that he’d like to be a petroleum engineer!
Simultaneously, science and math teachers representing grades 4-12 were being instructed by NEED receiving comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its global significance. Teachers even received a variety of free instructional materials to take back to their classrooms.
Raynell Vallejo, a teacher from Klein Forest High School said, “This is such a wonderful opportunity for our students. The oil and gas industry offers such a variety of career opportunities for our students.”
“Next year, I intend to incorporate the experiments and discussion concepts of how, for example, porosity and density are related to the oil and natural gas industry into my physics class,” said Jennifer Thomas, math and physics teacher from Rosehill Christian School. “We are a Houston based school and a lot of our students will become employed by the oil and gas industry. I’m excited to bring this information to our younger students, also, to educate them on these topics and careers for them to consider.”
And, that’s what happens when learning becomes relevant!
BP sponsored the high school STEM event and Exxon Mobile sponsored the teacher workshop— making these educational experiences possible!
Looking to cash in on some of the opportunities the shale gas industry now affords, students are taking up a major in petroleum engineering. A petroleum engineer “understands the drilling aspects, he understands the reservoir management. Whereas the oil and gas industry used to rely on a patchwork of skills from civil, chemical and mechanical engineers, companies are increasingly in search of trained petroleum engineers who specialize in oil field operations,” said Steve Benson, chairman of the North Dakota University Department of Petroleum Engineering. “They’re just equipped well.”
When students in the major are not available, oil and gas firms will look to recruit from other engineering disciplines, but petroleum engineering is quickly becoming a requirement in the field.
“There are a few exceptions where other engineering disciplines such as chemical, mechanical or civil might be considered with training, but by and large, a petroleum engineering degree is preferred,” said Steve Woodhead, manager of university affairs for Chevron Corp.
To meet industry needs, many of the nation’s existing engineering programs are expanding their course offerings, faculty numbers and class sizes. After graduating, petroleum engineering students are well-positioned to earn a starting salary between $80,000 and $100,000, depending on the company. According to Pay Scale on 6 April 2012, the national salary data information tells us Petroleum Engineers total pay range is from 61,559- $199,961. Currently, 92% of petroleum engineers are males and females make up 8%.
Sources: Pamela King, E&E reporter
Published: Monday, March 19, 2012
Pay Scale Research; Petroleum Engineer Salary, Updated: 6 Apr 2012
The National Engineers Week Foundation and partners honor top college engineering students by recognizing the most promising engineering professionals of tomorrow with their first annual New Faces of Engineering College Edition program.
Fifteen engineering students in their third, fourth, or fifth year were selected. Winners are recognized for academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills, non-engineering related community service and involvement in the engineering industry.
Moustafa Ezzat, a 5th year student from the British University in Egypt and student member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), was among the winners.
Since 2003, National Engineers Week Foundation has honored young engineering professionals with its New Faces of Engineering award. This is the first year the popular initiative has expanded to recognize the best and brightest college engineering students.
Congratulations Moustafa Ezzat!
New Faces of Engineering College Edition is live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/collegeedition). The page provides a source of academic and professional development opportunities available to students from National Engineers Week Foundation’s engineering association, university, and corporate partners. Students can meet with their engineering peers in every field and learn about other events, internships, jobs, competitions, engineering associations and more.
Funding for New Faces of Engineering College Edition is provided by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). For more information, visit www.eweek.org.
Learn more about engineering careers.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Dallas section took local science teachers on a Barnett Shale field trip Thursday, November 18, 2011.
The tour started off at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) where Dallas section members Toni Lott, Brad Robinson, Deborah Hempel-Medina, Brian Chacka, and Patrick Crawford made a presentation covering the history of Oil and Natural Gas, Geology and the History of Barnett Shale, Drilling a well, and Hydraulic Fracturing. Teachers were engaged in the presentations and asked the presenters a lot of questions to get a better understanding of the industry and how they could relay the information to their students in the classroom.
After the overview, everyone was styling in their safety gear as they prepared to go out into the field. Each participant wore steeled toed boots, fire retardant overalls, safety glasses, ear plugs, and hard hats. The teachers were able to visit three sites where they learned firsthand about safety, advance technologies, and rules and regulations all involved in operating each site. The sites teachers visited are listed as follows.
- Williams Company Drilling Site
- Devon Energy Hydraulic Fracturing Site
- Chesapeake Learning Center
After a full day of touring, teachers headed back to the Dallas Convention Center full of knowledge about the industry, their hard hat as a souvenir, and information to take back to their classrooms that included an “Oil and Natural Gas” book.
This workshop was made possible by the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers-Dallas Section, Halliburton Energy Services, Williams Company, Devon Energy Company, Baker-Hughes Oilfield Services and Chesapeake Energy.
Learn more about careers in the industry.
For the second year in a row, the “Ambassadors for Pakistan” have made several visits in their community presenting energy awareness and making an impact! The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) NED University Student Chapter in Karachi, Pakistan, conducted five Energy4me presentations this year in secondary schools, colleges and universities in Pakistan.
The student-run program promotes SPE and educates the surrounding schools about the oil and gas industry and the challenges facing it today.
The schools they visited
- Abdullah Government College
- The Fahim’s A-Levels School System
- CharterHouse Public School
- A.M.S.B Al-Madrast-us-Saifyat-ul-Burhaniya
- Jinnah University For Women
Energy4me and SPE would like to express our thanks to the commitment and continued efforts of this student chapter!
Ambassadors for Pakistan Team (2009-present)
- Hernan Buijs- SPE Student Development Committee Officer (mentor, motivator, and visit sponsor)
- M Turab Mehdi – Ambassadors for Pakistan – Team Executive Head & Planner
- Tabinda Saeed – HR Manager
- Syeda Hasan- Team Manager
New presenters added this year.
- Sidra Chughtai – Presenter
- Omer Ashan – Presenter
- Shahzeb Barber – Presenter
- Eijaz Danish – Presenter
- Mufaddal Murtaza – Presenter
Energy4me encourages young industry leaders to get involved in their community by giving classroom presentations or holding educational outreach programs like the SPE NED student chapter. These presentations make a huge impact and inspire future generations!
Share with us your contributions and outreach efforts in your community that you are already making with Energy4me and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or read more on how you can get involved in your community!
Again, thank you to the SPE NED University Student Chapter on your continued education outreach efforts in Pakistan!
All-Energy hosted an Education Day at its 2011 conference Thursday 19th May to help educate local schools about a range of renewable topics.
Organised by Aberdeen Council, Aberdeenshire Council, the Energy Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen, the event is aimed at teachers and careers advisors to help raise awareness of the Renewable sector.
The event also hosted the final of the ‘Electrocity Challenge’ where five teams of four children from Meldrum Academy, Peterhead Academy, Mackie Academy, Turriff Academy and Mintlaw Academy went head to head in an “ElectroCity” Competition. ElectroCity is an online game that has been developed specifically for teachers and students between years 7 and 9. Students build and manage their own virtual towns and cities, making important decisions and learning about energy generation and environmental management. Representatives from a range of businesses led round tables to provide valuable industry information to subject-specialist teachers and career guidance experts.
Colin Black, SPE CG Chairman, Aberdeen Section, said: “This event focuses on sharing information with teachers and pupils so they are better informed about the ‘whole energy’ sector and careers within it. This includes the ‘energy mix’ of hydrocarbons and renewable as well as the vital role the oil and gas sector plays now and in the future.
This is a global energy industry with many opportunities for young people – SPE Aberdeen aims to continue to provide background information, facts, guidance on career paths and information on how to enter the industry. This event is a positive step towards this.”
SPE Aberdeen, along with other hosts, provided tour guides for teachers and pupils to meet many of the businesses exhibiting at the show.
SPE collaboration with Schools is part of the global SPE initiative http://www.energy4me.org/ and SPE volunteers will be working closely with Schools during various events throughout this next term and anyone wishing to lend support should contact the Aberdeen Section, Career Guidance Committee at CG-Aberdeen@spemail.org
Guest Author – Courtney Sample, SPE Delta Section
On March 25th, four SPE young professional members and five LSU students visited Fontainbleau High School in Mandeville to discuss the oil and gas industry to four 10th/11th grade classes in AP Chemistry and Physics. Each class session began with introductions and either an explanation of job titles or class levels at LSU. The Fontainbleau students received advice about working in the petroleum industry and preparation for college.
After introductions, the presenters showed a few power point slides from the Energy4Me prepared presentation. During the presentation the students had numerous questions about the industry and college life. One major topic of discussion was degree selection and college advice. Sofia Miranda, a freshman at LSU talked about the importance of time management in college versus high school and how important studying is in college. Wendy Redpath, a junior at LSU talked about her personal experience of switching from Civil to Petroleum Engineering and the course overlap between the two disciplines. Courtney Sample, a reservoir engineer for Chevron discussed the importance of internships for students to confirm their college major choice. Elizabeth Mann, a facilities engineer for Shell talked about recruiting and what companies are looking for in students. Everyone was very engaged during the discussions and eager to ask questions about engineering.
Another major topic of discussion was the many opportunities in the oil and gas industry. Dakoriye Charles, a freshman at LSU discussed his traveling experiences because of the petroleum industry. Jack Carona, a petroleum engineer for Griffin and Griffin talked about how his non routine job changes daily. Richard Zaunbrecher, a deepwater exploration team lead with Shell also talked about his experience as a supervisor in the petroleum industry. Partnering with LSU made this event a great success! The college and workforce perspectives helped the students understand what it means to be a petroleum engineer. Other participants included Teddy Yao a freshman at LSU and James Stiernberg a graduate student from LSU.
Learn more about becoming a petroleum engineer.