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Updating Your Skills and Knowledge for Today’s Petroleum Engineering Professional

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Over a decade ago, the Engineering Professionalism Committee (EPC) of the Society of Petroleum Engineers assembled a set of educational and knowledge guidelines, known as the Competency Matrices. These were to guide the new professional towards their knowledge needs, academic institutions with their educational subject matter needs, training organizations for follow on course work, and to determine the knowledge base for the SPE’s Petroleum Engineering Certification. Over the last two years, the EPC has revisited and revised the competency matrices. These were realigned in some cases and three new matrices added. These matrices were aligned with the Technical Disciplines of the SPE Board. These revised and new matrices were refocused to help academia and industry gauge the knowledge of Petroleum Engineers from entry level up to five years’ experience. This revised matrix is meant to be used solely as guidelines and not meant to be detailed and prescriptive for accreditation, hiring Petroleum Engineers or for curricula. In this revised matrix, the “Minimum Competency Breadth” (What a recent graduate from a petroleum Engineering Curriculum should know.) and “Minimum Competency Depth” (What an engineer with five (5) years or more of experience and knowledge should know in their sub-discipline) column titles remained but the “Above Minimum Competence” column was removed as it was considered unnecessary in light of the core objective noted for these matrices. Additionally, three further subdisciplines (Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability, Production and Facilities and Data Science and Engineering Analytics) which are consistent with the revised SPE technical disciplines were incorporated into the matrices. These revised matrices will assist in improving the professional engineering and other skill sets of the practicing petroleum engineer.

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Ayasha Nickie
Babatunde AnifowoseBabatunde Anifowose is a university lecturer and researcher with more than 20 years’ work experience in the areas of sustainability and environmental assessment of the oil and gas industry value chain including estimating methane emissions from facilities using models and EFs. He was course director for the MSc Petroleum & Environmental Technology program at Coventry University, UK. He is a member of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Peer Review College. Babatunde was on the board of directors of the SPE Sustainable Development Technical Section (2017–2021) and he was chair of the Engineering Professionalism Committee (2021–2022). Babatunde is a member of the Methane Emissions Management Technical Section and works with its current Program Chair. He holds a diploma in data processing (computer science), BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Lagos, Akoka-Nigeria, and a PhD in environmental science from the University of Birmingham, UK.