Petroleum Engineer
Ahmad Harb

About the job:

What you do

As a Petroleum Engineer, you help find oil and gas for a country’s energy needs. You design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. You also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. It's important to note that in Lebanon, Natural Gas is the most dominant type of hydrocarbon fuel. 

There are four main types of Petroleum Engineers: Completion Engineers, Drilling Engineers, Production Engineers and Reservoir Engineers.

The tough stuff

As a Petroleum Engineer, you will have to:

  • Find yourself in remote and strange locations when you're on the drill site
  • Deal with a lot of geological uncertainties when taking decisions
  • Note: A lot of people make money when the oil prices are high but on the other hand, a lot of people lose
    their job when the oil prices are low. Oil prices vary extensively on a daily basis.
The cool stuff

As a Petroleum Engineer, some of the perks of this career include:

  • There is no routine in the oil business
  • You will be exposed to different challenge in every new project
  • High pay
Typical work hours
  • 40 hours a week
  • 30% overtime when travelling to and from drilling sites
  • On site Often work within rotations

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Petroleum Engineering 
  • A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Civil, or Chemical Engineering may also meet employer requirements
  • ABET accredits programs in Petroleum Engineering - so ask about that before choosing your university program 
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

Curious about a career in Petroleum Engineering? Check out what Ahmad Harb has to say about this career in our latest Nooreed Interview. 


Ahmad is a Reservoir Engineering Consultant and a PhD student at the American University of Beirut. He was also formerly an instructor at AUB, LU and UZEK.

Ahmad initially obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Beirut. He then proceeded to obtain a Master's Degree in Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh - Scotland.