Petroleum Engineering

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Graduation Project
10 December 2012
Petroleum Engineering: The Impact on Today’s Society The United States’ dependency for foreign oil is at its all-time high with the demand for oil continuing to grow. Americans depend on oil for transportation, heating, and power. Within the last five to ten years, the growing desire for more efficient ways of fueling has skyrocketed. Petroleum engineering has sparked a revolution throughout the nation. It has made a strong influence on the whole nation but has really made an impact in places like Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Texas which are high drilling states. However, the controversy of natural gas drilling, the job of petroleum engineers, has become a highly talked about issue. The
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Millions of people are now getting on-site and off-site job opportunities. As this industry continues to grow, which it will, even more jobs will become available. These job opportunities will give a chance for people to live the so-called “American Dream”. These jobs offer twice the average American salary with benefits. The great thing about these jobs is that they do not demand a four-year college degree. There are programs now designed both online and in school that can have you prepared for drilling in less than two years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “projected an employment opportunity increase for petroleum engineers of 18% between 2008 and 2018. Career openings span the globe with some of the highest salaries offered to entry-level engineers with bachelor 's degrees.” (http://education-portal.com/articles/Petroleum_Engineering_Training_and_Degree_Program_Information.html). Natural gas drilling has provided futures for so many people in our nation, but natural gas also has an impact on the rest of the world as well. In today’s society, energy is critical. Everything we do involves a form of energy being used such as gas, electric, or water. United States ranks the highest in energy used in terms of total usage. The U.S Energy Information Administration estimated that the, “the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 11,496 kWh” (http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=97&t=3). I, for example, never took

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