Job Guide

This section contains information about the various professions and lines of work in the oil and gas industry that are in demand at Shtokman Development AG.

We hope that this information will be of assistance to those of you who have not yet decided on a future career path.

We know that you may have a question about Shtokman Development AG's need for workers and specialists. What kind of jobs will there be in the future? What kind of education should children go in for?

The kinds of positions will depend on the structure of each facility, but based on our experience of similar projects, we can already identify some specialist areas that will be in demand:

  • Gas production operators
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Production engineers
  • Drilling engineers
  • Occupational health and safety specialists
  • Repair workers
  • Electricians
  • Service technicians
  • Technical workers

Before you can produce oil or gas, you first have to find it. That's what geologists do – explore the earth's subsurface. This profession has always been considered very romantic. Just imagine: living in a tent, singing songs with a guitar, having tasty canned meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner ... but not everything is so simple and easy. Geologists work on a rotation basis: for several weeks or months at a time they treck around with heavy backpacks in the steppe or taiga collecting rock samples and making maps and charts, and after returning to base they process the data. This profession is not for the soft. These specialists have to work in all weather conditions, clamber over mountains, and raft in turbulent rivers.

Geophysicists perform seismic surveys. This method is based on studying the distribution of elastic waves in the earth's crust caused by an explosion or impact. By calculating the propagation time of these waves and the nature of their oscillations, geophysicists get an idea of rock composition and the presence of mineral resources in a particular locality. But their work does not end there. After a field has been discovered, its reserves must be estimated and it must be developed judiciously without harming the environment. All these issues are also handled by geophysicists. For a professional in this area it is important to have qualities such as physical endurance, attentiveness, attention to detail, and analytical skills.

As you might easily guess from the name, this specialist is responsible for drilling wells. An oil well is a hole in the ground approximately 20 cm across and 2-4 km deep, with a pipe run into the hole to bring oil, gas or other fluids to the surface. Drilling today is performed using the latest scientific and technological achievements. Despite this, the record of the Kola Peninsula super-deep borehole (12,262 m) has so far not been beaten. Engineers of the future have yet to conquer the planet's subsurface resources. To do that, they must be familiar with mathematics, physics, mechanics, chemistry, and other technical sciences. The responsibilities of the drilling engineer include drilling program development, forecasting the results of this process, coordination of operations and equipment, analysis of data on neighboring wells, well casing design, calculating the risk of well collision, etc.

Oil and gas industry personnel have to deal with flammable and explosive substances and their work is considered to be dangerous, so specialists on occupational safety in this field are very much in demand. These employees monitor compliance by company officers and personnel with industrial and environmental safety regulations, and plan and conduct activities to prevent industrial injuries and accidents, improve work environments, and safeguard personnel health. They have to conduct investigations into job-related accidents, meet statutory reporting requirements, and draft local regulations. Obviously an occupational health and safety specialist must not only understand the engineering specifics and know about the process of oil and gas production and refining, but must also possess good communication skills and excellent organizational capabilities.

Project management in the oil and gas industry is a very difficult and responsible job. Managers are responsible for organizing the process flows to get maximum performance out of both people and equipment. Given the specific nature of oil and gas production, it is normally former engineers with geophysical education who become project managers. The manager has a duty to know all stages of the process, have experience of bidding, be familiar with documentation procedures and engineering approvals, be able to evaluate return on investment, resolve operations optimization issues, and conduct marketing research.

A production engineer is a specialist responsible for quality control of materials fabrication and maintenance of technical documentation. The sphere of his responsibilities also includes development and implementation of new quality control systems, preparation of reports, and risk analysis. Depending on the position, a production engineer can supervise either all stages of fabrication or just individual aspects of it. Sometimes he will be required to travel to check the quality of materials at supplier sites. The personal qualities required for this specialist are responsibility, accuracy, diligence, and attentiveness.

Lead oil and gas production engineer is a specialist who develops requirements and documents related to hydrocarbon production systems, builds models of production wells and develops procedures for optimizing production and improving the utilization factor of all components of the production system, improves the development system by using a package of geological and engineering measures, is responsible for the conceptual standards and process requirements for well completion, production testing, and operation, and prepares work programs to increase oil production, such as well workovers, well intervention, hydraulic fracturing, and acid treatments.

This specialist reviews and approves all the electrical operations and their optimization, evaluates and develops measures to improve reliability during the period of design and operation of power equipment, carries out the installation, setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting of electrical equipment, and ensures the stability of electrical equipment operation, as well as compliance with the standards for the operation and safety of electrical equipment. An electrical engineer must have technical knowledge in the sphere of electrical equipment / data systems and databases, and knowledge and skills in the field of engineering support for electrical engineering projects.

This specialist is responsible for instrumentation during multidisciplinary activities and the installation, configuration, diagnostics (troubleshooting), repairs and technical maintenance of instrumentation to measure process parameters. He also maintains the instrumentation of process control systems, fire and gas alarm systems, and other systems, as well as filing, updating and maintaining historical data on the equipment. He is responsible for ensuring the proper operation and maintenance of all safety systems according to requirements.

Mechanics are engaged in maintenance and troubleshooting of mechanical equipment. They set up new equipment, actively monitor the status of mechanical equipment and systems, and order replacement parts as and when required. They carry out functionality tests during the commissioning of new facilities and the startup and handover of equipment. And, of course, they ensure the reliability and technical integrity of equipment and systems by applying approved standards, procedures, and schedules, observing safety precautions when working with equipment.

Performs operations associated with oil and gas production, gas and water injection processes, oil and gas equipment, and the operation of high pressure equipment and vessels in a way that is safe, compliant with environmental protection requirements, effective, economical, and does not complicate the production process. He controls, maintains, and monitors all the main and auxiliary process equipment on an offshore platform. He supervises well performance and monitors the safe condition of wells. He alone makes the decision to shut down wells if there is a safety hazard. He controls the production equipment and process support systems, and corrects any process failures. He continuously monitors the status of the safety system.

This specialist ensures that mechanical equipment maintenance is performed safely, efficiently, and promptly, performs regular preventive and unscheduled maintenance of rotary equipment, generators, process equipment, and auxiliary systems, carries out the routine testing, inspection, and adjustment of mechanical equipment, monitors the technical condition of mechanical and off-site equipment and systems, troubleshoots failures, identifies defects, and repairs all the mechanical equipment.

At every industrial facility, there must always be an engineer responsible for industrial and environmental safety. This specialist monitors compliance with industrial safety regulations at the production facilities. He checks that equipment is being properly operated in terms of industrial safety. He develops and implements HSE methodologies. He monitors and evaluates the performance of environment protection operations. And, of course, he develops and implements training programs and visual aids supporting industrial safety at production facilities.