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Can civil engineers work in an oil and gas company?

Civil Engineering is one of the oldest professional engineering disciplines which deals with the planning, designing, supervising construction and then maintenance of infrastructure facilities, essential for our modern life.
Civil engineers are a must even in oil companies as they need infrastructures like oil fields, pipelines, foundation and shelters for various equipment, storage facilities etc. Also, there will be internal plant roads, paved walkways, control rooms, workshops, offices, residential buildings, security fencing on boundary walls and the list goes on and on.
Civil engineers will play a pivotal role in designing, construction, and maintenance of these facilities in an oil company and will also engage in carrying out soil investigation and soil improvements when and where necessary. So, it is evident that almost all on-shore oil companies will need in-house civil engineers to carry out the above-mentioned tasks.

What do you guys think about the role of Civil engineers in oil companies? I covered the on-shore oil plants but there are off-shore plants too, which requires more specialized Structural engineers. If any of you know about those specific requirements do share in the comments section below.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Nov 18, 2017
Interesting observations and important topic by @Dipankar Ganguly here.

From what I hear and read, civil engineers are definitely need in oil and gas companies. The roles offered to civil engineers are that of the design & construction of onshore oil facilities such as workshops, sheds, pumping stations, roads, buildings, warehouses, control rooms and also other tasks like survey of route and levels or hydraulic protection of different structures or managing engineering change orders and variations.

In India, companies like HPCL, IOCL or BPCL regularly recruit civil engineers. The departments allotted to civil engineering graduates in oil and gas companies include -
  • Underwater pipe line construction
  • Construction of bridges
  • Tunnel construction for oil or gas transmission
  • Soil exploration
Civil Engineering as a discipline, involves creating all kinds of infrastructures, such as buildings, bridges, dams, roads, drainages etc. Talking of Oil & gas sector, the field consists of different segments e.g Oil fields, gas fields, pipe lines, storage facilities, oil refineries, fuel stations etc.The role of civil engineer in these companies involves designing, planning, executing and managing civil works required for the particular project or a facility.

For the Oil marketing companies as Hindustan Petroleum, BPCL, IOCL however majority of the work like engineering design & consultancy, construction, etc. is outsourced and the focus is mostly on selling various petroleum products and maximizing profits.

Even so, the field is not completely off limits for civil engineers as works of building for pumping station, Block valve station and hydraulic protection along the route of pipeline like Retaining wall, masonry structure etc, survey of route and levels, engineering change orders; are all carried out by civil engineers. They also look after the maintenance of oil plant and keep it in proper operating shape.

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