Okay kids, here’s the thing. I’ve already worked 11 hours overtime this week (and will probably do that much more again). I didn’t have time to write a post last night (overtime + bible study with my amazing Honeymooners… hi guys!), so today is going to be a little bit of a lame duck post. I thought I’d share a little about what I do for a living, since that’s what I’m doing right now… or am supposed to be doing.
My official title is an oil and gas facilities engineer. Translated to English, that means that I help to design the production facilities at individual oil wells before the oil is shipped to the refineries. The company I work for is a small-ish consulting firm that does engineering for a larger (but not too large) oil and natural gas company. Because natural gas is so cheap right now, we’re mainly working on oil wells.
It works like this. Company A, the large-ish oil company, does a land study and determines that there’s oil in them there hills. They lease/purchase land rights from the original owner, then have a team of scientists determine the best place to drill to extract the oil (and a bunch of other stuff). Once the studies are complete, Company A comes to my company, Company B, and asks us to engineer the “facilities” for the oil well.
You may have seen an oil well facility some day driving through the Midwest or southwest. Typically, they have a pumping unit (the thing that goes up and down), separation vessels that help the water and oil separate from each other (they’re usually tall and skinny), and storage tanks that hold the separated oil until tanker trucks can pick it up and take it to a refinery.
I help design the separation vessels, oil tanks, piping, containment, and safety systems that make up the oil well. I help to calculate necessary safety valve sizes, to determine the amount of separation necessary (it depends on the type of oil coming out of the ground and the amount of water in that oil), and to review drawings and plans (plus a lot more than that).
So there’s what I do for a living. I engineer oil wells. It’s not glamorous or even exciting by any means, but I really enjoy what I do and the company I work for.
Of course, my heart will always be here at LHBH.
What do you do for a living? Anyone else working in an industry they never thought they’d end up in?