What does a Reservoir Engineer do?

Reservoir engineers locate fuel in underground reservoirs using their knowledge of geology and fluid mechanics. They utilize technology and their expertise to pinpoint and efficiently allocate usable fossil fuel reservoirs located underground for oil and gas companies. They use their vast knowledge to determine the amount of fuel in underground reservoirs and often work with advanced equipment, including computer modeling and imaging programs, that help locate oil and natural gas reserves.

A reservoir’s physical structure is expected to change while companies drill and tap reserves, and reservoir engineers adjust accordingly throughout the entire drilling process in response. Reservoir Engineers also analyze fuel contained in a reserve and the duration of a reserve’s liability for investment purposes. To do this, they combine mitigating factors including extraction costs or profit comparison and add them into forecasts. Reservoir engineers occasionally need to adjust the analysis for outside factors including oil price fluctuations or machine efficiency and need a minimum bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, and if required, a professional engineer license.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
47%
5 - 7
32%
8+
16%

Common Skill Sets

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Protocols
Operating Systems
Machine Learning
Algorithms
VERBAL Communication

Reservoir Engineer Seniority Levels

Engineer
22% made the transition
Project Engineer
22% made the transition
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Reservoir Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$119,665 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$88K
Median: $120K
$163K
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