Research Chief Engineer

Coordinate research activities to develop methods of producing oil or gas.
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Salary Range
$86,000 – $159,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Research Chief Engineers do?

Coordinates research activities to develop new and improved methods of drilling wells and producing oil or gas: Directs, through subordinate engineering personnel, planning and progress of experimental projects in drilling and production operations, such as projects investigating composition of drilling mud, recovery of natural gasoline from crude oil and gas solutions, or dehydration of crude petroleum. Assists CHIEF PETROLEUM ENGINEER in solution of technical operating problems. May direct research activities in geochemical or other petroleum prospecting methods.


Should I be a Research Chief Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Chief Engineer, Research, Chief, Reservoir Engineering, Project Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir Engineering Consultant See More

    How to become a Research Chief Engineer

    Most Research Chief Engineers have a Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaa9ea&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%2893%25%29|master%27s+%287%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,93
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