Chief Engineer

Direct activities of workers in the engineering department.
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Salary Range
$86,000 – $159,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chief Engineers do?

Directs activities of workers in engineering department of petroleum production or pipeline company and advises management on engineering problems: Apportions work among engineering staff according to specialized training. Reviews engineering designs for neatness and accuracy. Directs engineering personnel in formulating plans, designs, cost estimates, and specifications for oil field or pipeline construction, maintenance, and modernization programs. Supervises engineering office workers computing operating budgets, compiling reports, and conducting special investigations and studies to evaluate efficiency of engineering programs. May apply knowledge of petroleum engineering to coordinate work of engineers engaged in solving problems concerned with environment [ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER]. May be designated according to engineering department supervised as Chief Engineer, Drilling And Recovery; Chief Engineer, Pipeline; Chief Engineer, Production; Chief, Reservoir Engineering.

Should I be a Chief Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Chief Engineer, Pipeline, Chief Engineer, Production, Exploration Engineer, Natural Gas Engineer See More

    How to become a Chief Engineer

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