Miss Tiffany Wolfrick
2 December 2018
Chemistry and Petroleum Engineering
Chemistry is the branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances. Chemistry takes a huge role in everyday life, like in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, our emotions, thinking, and literally every object you touch or see. You are made up of chemical combinations yourself, like your body is mostly water and other combinations of hydrogen, oxygen, and much more. Living without chemistry in everyone’s life is disastrous, we would have no electricity, no food, no energy… nothing. Chemistry is called “the central” of all sciences because it is the main sources of all sciences.
Chemistry takes place in my future career, and in many others too. Chemistry is related to petroleum engineering because the elements used to extract the oil from gas is a form used from experience in chemistry. Chemists in the oil and petroleum industry work with crude oil and the products derived from it. The upstream activities include exploration and production and the downstream activities include refining and marketing comprise the petroleum industry. This industry needs chemical engineers, organic, analytical, inorganic, physical chemists, biochemists, and geochemists, as well as experts in tracer chemistry, informatics, and more.
By getting experienced in a chemistry field I can improve in my future career, as well as getting a chance of having another career if I want, because chemistry as I mentioned in my introduction is “the central” of all sciences. Biochemistry is also needed in petroleum engineering, because it is important in the production of oil, because bacteria changes the quality of oil over time, interfering with production and causing downstream corrosion problems and toxic hazards, which can be dangerous.
Chemists in the oil industry describe themselves as practical people who are interested in solving problems. Some say they are more interested in the development of scientific products than in applied science. Others devote their careers to discovering the fundamental science which will form the basis of future processes. Without chemistry or chemist in the field of petroleum engineering, it would be disastrous and no one in that field can know how to extract oils, gasses, and etc. With chemistry knowledge you have to know how to develop ways to inject water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reserve to force out more oil or gas, which is also a duty for a petroleum engineer, and without this knowledge of chemistry the field of petroleum engineering would not succeed.
Petroleum engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably petroleum engineering. However, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical, civil, or chemical engineering may meet employer requirements. Employers also value work experience, so college cooperative-education programs, in which students earn academic credit and job experience, are valuable as well.